Marseilles Object To Newcastle Holding Talks With Ben Arfa

Marseille’s Sporting Director Jose Anigo has warned Newcastle United this morning that it would be a mistake to hold talks with Hatem Ben Arfa,  without first agreeing a fee with the French club.

Ben Arfa – Marseilles object to Newcastle talks

So this plot again thickens when we had thought – make that hoped – it was all over bar the lad signing on at Newcastle.

As we reported yesterday Ben Arfa has missed training with Marseilles for the past couple of days, and was not included in the Marseilles squad for the game with Valenciennes today.

Anigo believes it would be wrong for Newcastle to discuss personal terms with the midfielder, when terms between the clubs have not yet been agreed.

And that’s the usual way of doing business – a deal has to be reached first between the clubs, and then talks commence with the player. But we cannot believe there’s not more to this – and that Newcastle know what they are doing – and that it is all legal and above board.

It may be that  Anigo is not in the loop with what’s going on, since most of the public comments in this rather long drawn out deal,  have come from their President Jean-Claude Dassier, and we would think he would be the Marseilles contact Newcastle would be doing business with.

And Ben Arfa’s representatives and lawyers today have harshly criticized the French club in their handling of the whole fiasco,  and have even accused Marseilles of going back on their word of letting the player leave to play in England – which they promised some months ago.

Anigo told the French newspaper L’Equipe today, regarding the rumors (The Journal says they are fact) that Ben Arfa is in Newcastle:

“If that is the case, the English team are making a mistake,” “It would be a big blunder to talk to the player while there is no agreement with us.””Ben Arfa is a good boy with a strong character.”

“I hope we will find a solution.” “We have to let him drain his anger. He reacts that way to express his discontent. We have to let him get cool again.” “But, if I can give him some advice, not going to training sessions is not the good solution.”

We think this may be an attempt by the Marseilles to attempt to save some face after their President has not looked good this week, making statements which were often contradictory.

This matter needs to be resolved quickly, because it’s becoming a bit of a joke, with most of the questions on the Marseilles club’s handling of this matter.

And we all thought the French football team’s  problems in South Africa were bad. 😀

We don’t expect Newcastle to say anything at all – not until the player is signed by the Magpies.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 14, 2010 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #1

    I think as often is the case with you Ed, in the nicest way, you get a wee bit over excited or just like making sensational headlines, which is understandable given we have been starved of good news.

    It was obvious it was never a ”done deal” yet and yes while the intial signs last night were promising, an awful lot more has to happen before we get to the end game.

  • roe997

    Aug 14, 2010 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #2

    reading this again,i dnt he knows a lot about the case himself,he says’in that case’ and sounds to me if he isnt kept in the loop.who knws?i just want it sorting asap,its a load of bs if u ask me.i expect sumat sorted today,the poor lads at the toon already n dnt want getin addicted to the pastys while he

  • Ericles

    Aug 14, 2010 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #3

    Beginning to doubt that Ben Arfa will ever sign for NUFC. We should not be piddling around like this at this stage of a new season.

  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Aug 14, 2010 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #4

    We need players not headlines

    But all the time that this goes on (and further names get flung into the fire) it apears that fatash is doing his best to get in players. Then the window closes and we see what we have got – like xmas at the orphanage – nowt.

  • HATEMackems BEN ARFA

    Aug 14, 2010 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #5

    keep the faith. i am worth waiting for.

  • Tom4Nufc

    Aug 14, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #6

    Random off topic but does anyone else think Mancini looks remarkably like Keegan with his new short hair?!

  • roe997

    Aug 14, 2010 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #7

    hate makams ben arfa

    u saying u ben arfa?the ben arfa?where u at?at a random cafe,having a brekie and asking what the black is?trying to understand the lingo?no wait,im watching goal the

  • geordielad880

    Aug 14, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #8

    still cant see this ben arfa deal happening, talks are on hold until monday

  • HATEMackems BEN ARFA

    Aug 14, 2010 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #9

    i am eating a saveloy, pease pudding filled croissant.

  • geordielad880

    Aug 14, 2010 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #10

    where is craigcoozy when you need him!!??

  • roe997

    Aug 14, 2010 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #11

    its great to be back in epl! Can finaly watch al the games with a bit mre interest.dnt think city are geling yet,so spuds mite get something ere.does any1 knw where abouts arfa is in toon?i feel like gving hm a knock n seeing what the crak,im gana have ne nails left.ha

  • noir9

    Aug 14, 2010 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #12

    geordielad – you have no more idea of whats going on than the rest of us, we can’t talk to him until a deal is done & I think all we know at the mo is that his agent has possibly booked into the hotel where craigcoozy works.

  • lewman

    Aug 14, 2010 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #13

    i have a funny feeling that ashley wants this player and what the fat man wants, the fat man gets when it comes to newcastle united

  • geordielad880

    Aug 14, 2010 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #14

    noir9 i dont know why you made that comment for, all i said talks are on hold until monday, his representatives have already said that OM wont talk until monday

  • toonruz

    Aug 14, 2010 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #15

    ben arfa is not in a hotel? he is in the pent house in st james park his agent and legal team are with him to .i really think this deal is more advanced than what nufc are letting on this deal should be concluded with in the next 48 hours

  • joppadoni

    Aug 14, 2010 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #16


    absolutely lol, thought the exact same thing.

    im very exicted by this chap coming in however i worry where he will fit in, or rather whose he ousting?

  • baro

    Aug 14, 2010 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #17

    Hopefully we sign him today or tomorrow. He will be on absolutely fire if he gets to play against Manchester United.


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