Ben Arfa Calls For Tougher Laws – Praises Newcastle For Love, Respect

Newcastle star forward Hatem Ben Arfa has today called for tougher punishments on dangerous tackles.

Ben Arfa – see – I can still do this stuff!

Ben Arfa returned to training at Newcastle for the first time since he sustained a double fracture of the left leg after a wild challenge from Manchester City’s De Jong, after only two minutes of the game at Eastlands on October 3rd, which Newcastle eventually lost 2-1.

Ben Arfa had been sent a texted apology from De Jong – who escaped without even a caution – but the Dutch manager dropped him from the upcoming European Championship qualifiers because of the wild tackle, so we’ were not the only ones who thought it was  bad tackle.

The referee, Martin Atkinson, could see nothing wrong with the tackle, and if that’s true, then the laws of the game should be changed, it’s as simple as that, and that seems to be what Ben Arfa is saying today.

Ben Arfa told Canal Plus today:

“I do not really understand English. But in his text, he told me he did not intend to hurt me and he was sorry. I told him it was okay, it was football.”

“Anyway, the problem is that there was not even fault. I think he can get away with anything if there are no sanctions.”

“I do not want to come down on the referees, but we still have to protect players a little more so if he wants to tackle like this again he thinks twice.”

Ben Arfa doesn’t understand English too well, and neither probably does De Jong but it’s good to hear that the Dutch International did give Ben Arfa an apology.

The news in October was that he hadn’t even apologized, so at least that one is put to rest.

Ben Arfa then went on to praise the Newcastle United Club, for the way they have handled him through this very difficult time, for both the player and the club:

“The club gave me much respect, much love,”  “I want to do a lot for this club because they gave me great confidence. For a human being, that’s huge. It touched me.”

And Ben Arfa has seen nothing yet, because if the lad does make an appearance for Newcastle this season, we’ll probably be able to hear the roar of the Geordie crowd over here in the US, such is their support for this lad, who made it clear last August he only wanted to sign for Newcastle.

And even Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias made personal visits to visit  Ben Arfa during his rehabilitation in Clairfontaine, France,  so that was good to hear, and plaudits to both of them for that.

And we know the French International has been given lots of notes of encouragement from Newcastle fans around the world, over a very tough six month period.

Ben Arfa – a top class player – and he only wanted to sign for Newcastle – a match made in heaven indeed.

Comments welcome.

31 comments so far

  • stuart no9

    Apr 5, 2011 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #1

    if hes not needed this season, dont play him , simple, no need to risk an unnessessary break down , get him totally fit, then unleash him on defenders next season, what a player we will have .

  • torresmex90

    Apr 5, 2011 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #2

    Have any of you guys noticed his training top has the number 8 on it? Thought his squad number was 37? Anyway, great to see such a top class player back in the squad

  • Andy

    Apr 5, 2011 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #3

    Would love to see the attendance at a reserve game would get if Benny was to play for them. Would be a good experience for the youngins as well

  • sweendog

    Apr 5, 2011 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #4

    torresmex90 .. guthries no 8 .. .. maybe nothing in it..

  • DanNUFC

    Apr 5, 2011 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #5


    most of the players dont wear their own number when in training, ive never really understood it though, on the other picture ferguson has 50-odd on instead of 31

  • mattnufc

    Apr 5, 2011 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #6

    And that definately isn’t number 23 shola in that picture, unless he’s done a michael jackson

  • coolcatcarter89

    Apr 5, 2011 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #7

    It happens a lot, it’s normal when you’re training to just pick up any jacket as you’re heading out. As long as it isn’t the British military tradition of ‘one size fits all’, because I think Ferguson and Campbell could come a cropper… 🙂

  • chuck

    Apr 5, 2011 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #8

    So who`s got the number 10# shirt ?
    Cause i hear he`s gonna play behind the striker, well i guess the 8# is the same thing.
    Though traditionally the 10# (inside left) has been the second striker, while 8#(inside right)was the playmaker`s no.
    Number 37# who would want that ?
    Gotta have a number equal to 11# or smaller, otherwise people will think, he cant be that good with such a high no. right ?
    I guess he put his foot down when given thirty seven, but not too hard, one never knows gotta be carefull.

  • Andy

    Apr 5, 2011 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #9

    Routledge is the current number 10 but he’s at QPR

  • boztoon

    Apr 5, 2011 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #10

    More important who is gonna be our new number 9?
    Anyone think Pardew might go in for Zamora but guess he is too old???
    Anyone know his age cant be arsed to google it better to chat with my NUFC buddies :O)

  • djm...

    Apr 5, 2011 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #11

    A numbers a number to me like. Maybe he can keep his number 37 and make it as iconic ad the number 9? 😉 Or is tiote sh!te because he doesn’t have a 1-11 number?

  • d.calverley

    Apr 5, 2011 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #12

    Fair point DanNUFC because I had thought Ameobi looks abit different with his mask off Ha! Who is that in the No. 23?

  • Andy

    Apr 5, 2011 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #13

    Gary Neville 😉

  • coolcatcarter89

    Apr 5, 2011 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #14

    Ha! the Spuds have been mashed.

  • Andy

    Apr 5, 2011 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #15

    Maybe that will stop the Redknapp bashing! I couldn’t believe it, sitting watching the games with Spurs conceding 3 in the second half Ray Wilkins comes out and says Spurs have defended admirably this second half. OK then Ray ..

  • MacToon

    Apr 5, 2011 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #16

    Cruel coolcatcarter89 but true 😆

  • sweendog

    Apr 5, 2011 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #17

    Andy .. yep some strange comments by ray wilkins .. saying the ref was great even though he missed the dead cert penalty for real .. ah well hopefully that’ll be us in a year or 2 back in the champions league ..

  • tiotes magic back pocket

    Apr 5, 2011 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #18

    You will probably find he wears the number 37 because 3+7 = 10 he said when he arrived that the number he wanted somebody else already had but im sure he will be given the number 10 for next year

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Apr 5, 2011 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #19

    good to be back lads, even better to hear hba is back though, great match from the lads saturday. Time to push forward towards a top 7 finish….

  • Warwick Hunt

    Apr 5, 2011 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #20

    Hey Sgt hows you? Have you made it over to Newcastle yet?

  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Apr 5, 2011 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #21

    Why would de Jong not understand English? He’s Dutch and like most of his countrymen speaks pretty perfect English…

  • Andy

    Apr 5, 2011 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #22

    It doesn’t say that ye puddin’ it says “I do not really understand English.”

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Apr 5, 2011 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #23

    not yet warwick, just had another surgery on the shoulder, been in and outta hospital and rehabbin mate, from the looks of our squad though, i mate need to grab me boots and catch a redeye their to play….lol

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Apr 5, 2011 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #24

    so whats the latest news mates?

  • Warwick Hunt

    Apr 5, 2011 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #25

    Hope the surgery went well Sgt mate.

  • henock1989

    Apr 6, 2011 at 4:35 AM

    Comment #26

    ben arfa must be used this season!!…

  • DerkaSayWhat

    Apr 6, 2011 at 6:49 AM

    Comment #27

    I see that your still on this stie,Henock. No need to risk Hatem Ben Arfa, But why would you ?.

  • toonjohners

    Apr 6, 2011 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #28

    Great to see him back.. Want to see him play, but don’t think he should be risked.. Give him the full summer to recover..

    Champs league highlights here:

    Stankovi? goal was outstanding

  • Ciaran Thomas

    Apr 6, 2011 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #29

    Well said,Derka.

  • bristolmagpie

    Apr 6, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #30

    Everybody is saying dont play ben arfa, but if he is fully fit then y would we not. If he is 100% fit then it makes no differnce if he plays this season or next. with these types of injuries alot of it is mental the physical when a players attempts to return

  • toonincheek

    Apr 7, 2011 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #31

    I reckon a few sub appearances at the end of the season would be ideal, assuming he’s 100%.
    That would give him a mentalk lift during the summer months, and pre-season, being fully part of the team again. It would mean that any apprehension he may have about competing again and being tackled are not on his mind over the summer.


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