In a rather grand dramatical gesture, a lawyer speaking for Hatem Ben Arfa has declared that the 27 year old may even quit football altogether.

Jean-Jacques Bertrand confirmed to Infosport TV that after FIFA’s ruling, the former Newcastle winger would not be staying with Nice to train with them for the rest of the season, after it being ruled he couldn’t play for them in this campaign.

Bertrand said;

“His stay in Nice will end tomorrow, in the back of his mind there is the possibility to quit football

“It is out of the question that Hatem will finish his season at Nice.”

While I don’t think any of us seriously think Ben Arfa won’t be playing football again for somebody in August, there is the next six months to consider.

One potential temporary, or longer term, route has been raised in various media, with the MLS suggested as a possible destination.

Their season starts in March and the FIFA rules state that;

‘Players may be registered with maximum of three clubs during one season.

During that period, the player is only eligible to play official matches for two clubs.’

With their season in the States being totally out of sync with those in Europe, once again Hatem Ben Arfa would be depending on FIFA’s interpretation of their rules.

The Frenchman has already fallen foul of FIFA due to having a Newcastle United reserve match counted as a competitive game and combined with Hull meaning he has ‘played’ for two clubs already this season,  we await with interest to see if Hatem will pursue the American dream.



  • DownUnderMag

    Not our player anymore, not sure we need to care, even though the ruling is a bit harsh if you ask me.  Playing for U21’s counting as a registered competition seems a little OTT on FIFAs part – I hope he does go to the MLS and keeps going but somehow, somewhere finds his head and starts to finally knuckle down…

  • vbhgft

    With each day that goes by and each new development in the “career” of Hatem Ben Arfa, that banner looks more and more ludicrous….

  • Toon69

    You make your bed, you lie in it fella, I’m guessing we’ll be mentioned in ever story about him for years to come, he had his chance but obviously his ego was bigger than the club!!

  • vbhgft

    Oh poor wor Benny, he’s been tret so bad. He just needs an arm around him…….the best player in 200 years to wear the black and white……

    We’ll miss you Benny lad, tears are welling up in my eyes….

  • whickhamrobbie

    its about his level .one trick showpony he  is just a fat cabella.i am more worried about out better talent (biggi,) being shipped off to rangers . if Ben arfas talent matched his ego he would be immense but sadly it doesn,t

  • Nicolaus Copernicus

    Think of the joy HBA has provided to us in his short tenure of wearing the black and white shirt.
    Surely I can’t be the only one with great memories
    For goodness’ sake, people, ease off the spitefulness and wish him well. You don’t need to be a genius to see that the authorities have truly shafted him for his participation in a kids game, a game he only took part in just to maintain his fitness.

  • vbhgft

    Nicolaus Copernicus 20% joy. 80% frustration.