This is the very last thing we wanted to hear.
Hatem Ben Arfa – now being sued by French singer and his manager
Hatem Ben Arfa yesterday talked about his difficult childhood, and his membership of a Muslim brotherhood, in an interview with the French L’Equipe newspaper.
And during the interview he said that French singer Abd al Malik and his manager Fabien Coste had tried to force him into a Muslim fraternity, Sufism, which is a branch of Islam.
Sufism is defined as follows:
“A science whose objective is the reparation of the heart and turning it away from all else but God.”
Ben Arfa talked about being “like in a sect” and he was “indoctrinated” and “virtually cut off from the rest of the world.”
Ben Arfa said he refused to kiss the feet of the ruling sheikh because of his ego:
“I could not accept doing that. I didn’t like what I was experiencing with them. Thankfully I managed to get out.”
Now it looks like people have taken objection to the statements Ben Arfa made during the interview, and will now sue the Newcastle player.
Isabelle Weckstein, who is Abd al Malik’s lawyer, told Reuters today:
“A complaint will be filed,”
And Isabelle added that Al Malik’s manager, Fabien Coste, would also be suing the Newcastle United player.
The 24-year-old had said that he was now maturing quickly on Tyneside, but that a lot of his bad boy image of the past had been because of his very difficult upbringing:
“I did terrible things during my career, which weren’t normal or morally good,”
“It happened everywhere I went, in Clairefontaine, in Lyon. Since I was very small I’ve been very impulsive, I fought all the time.”
“With hindsight, I understand that I could have been perceived as someone too sure of himself. I gave off negative vibes, I had bad energy.”
Hatem also said that a lot of his bad boy image was caused because he got no love from his father, and it has had a negative effect on him while growing up in France.
We think the 24 year-old is now maturing fast on Tyneside, and maybe that’s just one reason why he loves it at Newcastle, and of course the Newcastle fans just love him.
And he’ll continue to get the love of the Newcastle fans, as long as he plays his football at St. James’ Park.