Bad News – Ben Arfa To Be Sued By French Singer

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.

Comments welcome.

24 comments so far

  • JackButler

    Jan 17, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #1

    Being sued for expressing a honest, personal opinion shows the world has gone completely mad

  • Beattie25

    Jan 17, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #2

    If Mobido Maiga is worth 6.5 million, Pappiss Cisse is worth 10 million easy.

    Game to goals ratio is like Ba’s and would be worth every penny of the 8.5 in my opinion.

    Ksiolajidebt would say he is ‘BEAST’

  • Beattie25

    Jan 17, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #3

    The sect have not got a leg to stand on.

  • Beattie25

    Jan 17, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #4

    Ben Arfa said ‘It is like a cult, he didn’t say ‘it was a cult’

    Therefore this is not defamation it is an opinion used by the freedom of speech.

    Aly Macbeal bitchez

  • boater

    Jan 17, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #5

    JB – he is accusing someone of being a sufist cult leader who uses brainwashing to manipulate and extort. Hardly a neutral passing comment is it. Not surprised he is being sued for defamation.

  • boater

    Jan 17, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #6

    Beattie – ‘like’ and ‘is’ doesn’t affect the legal interpretation of defamation. **** behaves ‘like’ a paedo.. try saying that in public.

  • Mark

    Jan 17, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #7

    @Beattie25. He may even say he is a ‘rather fast black man’ 😉

  • Beattie25

    Jan 17, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #8

    @ boater

    He isn’t accusing he is stressing his opinion on what it felt like.

  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 17, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #9

    Wouldn’t pay too much attention to Erding rumours today #nufc

  • JackButler

    Jan 17, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #10

    boater – It’s no secret that they are thought of as a cult, but with everything today when religion is mentioned people jump at it and cry foul

  • JackButler

    Jan 17, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #11

    lee_ryder Lee Ryder
    Wouldn’t pay too much attention to Erding rumours today #nufc

  • hoothoot

    Jan 17, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #12

    Pappiss Cisse is a class act has pace strengh can head the ball and technically looks very good but i think we’ll all be suprised when we see him move to a team like fulham,qpr or sunderland,shame cause i think he’d fit the bill at St James.

    Is a fear we are targeting to many foreign players,gonna end up with only 2 ENGLISH in first choice eleven!

  • davybtoon

    Jan 17, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #13

    Indian magpie that from lee Ryder ha he’s as useless as Colin infact worse n he’s the one who’s the journo n supposed to hav contacts I ain’t ever seen him break a story, as soon as there’s rumour all he does is run n ask the club as if they wud tell him

  • Beattie25

    Jan 17, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #14

    Oh come on, that is ridiculous. They are completley different things. Your example has different connotations to what Ben Arfa was saying.

    For example our Prime Minister David Cameron said Ed Ball’s acts like someone with tourettes. He cannot be sued for likening someone who swears to someone with tourettes. He was stressing an opinion not stating a fact.

    If you say someone acts like a peado it is entitled ‘vulgar abuse’. If they are in fact acting like a peado you cannot be told off as it is a statement of truth.

    What Ben Arfa said was not vulgar abuse it was his opinion. Officially it goes like this:

    Opinion is a defense recognized in nearly every jurisdiction. If the allegedly defamatory assertion is an expression of opinion rather than a statement of fact, defamation claims usually cannot be brought because opinions are inherently not falsifiable

  • spitfire_

    Jan 17, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #15

    On Sky said that we are in talks with Papiss Cisse…

  • boater

    Jan 17, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #16

    hoothoot – english is too expensive for Ashley, unless signed young and off the radar. Hughton was looking in the english leagues more with some success.

    We need Guthrie, Simmo, Willo etc. as English rep’s. Don’t want to be like Arsenal a few years back – apart from the winning things of course, I’ll have a bit of that.

  • jakesome

    Jan 17, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #17

    rip christopher hitchens, would like to hear what he would have to say about this

  • jakesome

    Jan 17, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #18

    heard smb linked with cisse aswell, hope we knick him from them

  • hoothoot

    Jan 17, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #19

    Ok guess i was wrong looks like cisse is on his way YeeeeeeHaaaaaaa

  • Bao Zheng

    Jan 17, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #20

    I think we can forget about this side show. The last thing a sect wants to be is cross examined in court by a judge. French system a bit different.


    Jan 17, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #21

    As long as most of the continent of Europe can’t distinguish between offensive opinions and incitements to violence, we’ll have this Orwellian world where someone can be sued (perhaps successfully) for an opinion.

    I’ll volunteer for the “Hatem Ben Arfa Defense Team”. I’ll do it pro bono (just get me to Newcastle, I’ll fly coach). Come to think of it, we should get t-shirts…We might be weaker on the counter-attack, but we’ll have a rock solid back four…I mean, defense.

  • staffy

    Jan 17, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #22

    Where there is money to be made,slugs will crawl from the gutter to get some.

    Look at Pakistan….the only country in the world with an outstretched hand as a motif on its national flag.

  • matt11_25

    Jan 17, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #23


    “Aly Macbeal bitchez”

    haha awesome

  • Lee Dodd

    Jan 17, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #24

    What a Load of Shite – H.B.A is a Geordie So The (Like a Sect) can sod off. Never heard such a load of rubbish even in SMB Land !!!!! Who is Stiring all this up Daily Mail ??? (AGAIN ) ..


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