After the blow-up yesterday, when Hatem Ben Arfa was told his club would not be accepting a loan offer from Newcastle United for this coming season, it appears the French International has missed training for a second day running.
Ben Arfa – misses meeting with Marseilles manager Didier Deschamps
And there is a report today on the website of the respected French newspaper L’Equipe, that the 23 year-old has also failed to show up for a meeting with Marseilles manager Didier Deschamps this morning.
The news is the player is now expected to be fined by his club – assuming they can find where he is, of course.
It does seem like Ben Arfa is determined to play for Newcastle United next season, and we all know it becomes very difficult for clubs to keep an unhappy player, because his discontent has a bad influence on the other players.
After playing for France on Wednesday evening in their 2-1 defeat against Norway, when he scored his country’s only goal, the youngster had not been expected to play in Saturday’s match against Valenciennes – but he will certainly not play now.
We’ll bring you the next chapter of this ongoing story of mystery and intrigue – when it unfolds.