France Players In Dressing Room Bust-Up – Ben Arfa Involved

There are reports coming in and verified by Laurent Blanc, that there was some straight talking in the France dressing room, after they had been beaten 2-0 by Sweden on Tuesday night.

Hatem Ben Arfa – surprising if Newcastle winger involved

That helped England win Group D and they will now play Italy in Sunday’s quarter  finals game and France, as runners-up in the group, now play World Champions Spain.

The France manager Laurent Blanc tried to put a positive spin on the events that took place in the dressing room after the game, and thought it was necessary to have some plain taking after their first defeat in their last 24 games.

Blanc had said that things “got a bit heated” afterward.

Other reports suggest that Newcastle’s Ben Arfa and Manchester City’s Samir Nasri were among the players involved in an altercation after the game, but we have no idea if that is true.

The reports suggest Ben Arfa told Laurent Blanc to send him home, after he was substituted in the Sweden game, but that seems unlikely, after their cordial hand-shake when Ben Arfa was replaced just before the hour mark.

However Ben Arfa was on the phone to his family in the dressing room after the game, and that did not please the French manager, and that’s hardly surprising.

It seems that Ben Arfa was disappointed he hadn’t been  given more playing time in the Sweden game, where he had a decent game for France in the first 60 minutes or so, before being replaced by Chelsea winger Florent Malouda.

This is the last thing France will want, after the antics of their players during the World Cup in 2010 in South Africa.

It is likely the events have been put completely out of proportion, and we expect nothing to come of this, and the French players will get together and put this behind them very quickly.

It’s hardly surprising they were unhappy after their poor performance on Tuesday night, but it’s fodder for the gossip press too – that’s for sure.

Hatem Ben Arfa has been both mature and well behaved in his almost two years at  Newcastle, and has caused absolutely no bother at all.


Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • lewytoon

    Jun 21, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #1

    ben arfa is a nutter like

  • archaeomag

    Jun 21, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #2

    Don’t think our players should be wasting their time in the Euros; it will only tire them, and increase interest from other clubs – they have a game against Spurs in 2 months – they should be thinking about that, not some meaningless game against Spain!!

  • RonVanDam

    Jun 21, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #3

    To me, i dont think Ben is a team player. He’s more of a individual he only cares about himself. Which makes him a good bad guy.

    I also have a loyalty problem with him. If i broke my leg for the team i was playing for and the same team buys me and puts into rehad and looks after me. I would have alot of loyalty to that club. Last week Ben goes to the media yapping he wouldnt mind joining a big club and wants to play CL. In my eyes he has let me down as a person

  • Klatoon

    Jun 21, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #4

    I hope this keeps Chelsea and Arsenal away from HBA. There’s been talk of interest from these two

  • RonVanDam

    Jun 21, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #5

    Our defense is ok. I think we have ample cover but still need cover for LB, RB and CB. Maybe we should go after 2-3 young backs between 23-25 who are on the verge for 1st team callup so we can horne their skills and introduce them in the game as the season goes on.

    Our defense in best to worst order:
    Perch – utility
    Raylor – utility

  • dbeeio(The poster formely known as KissMyAss)

    Jun 21, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #6

    Newcastle need to flog Benarfa off quickly b4 he’s price starts to depreciate. He’s obviously gonna sulk at some point n mess the dressin room up, qn is when? n we will be stuck wit him.

  • ballerfan2

    Jun 21, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #7

    The Arsenal/Chelsea stuff is just media spin as is the supposed comments from Ben Arfa about a big club. Calm down.


    Jun 21, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #8

    completely agree with you Ron van dam I too was not happy with Ben arfa for what he told to the media

  • jesperfuglsang

    Jun 21, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #9

    I don’t know what transpired in the dressing room after the Sweden match, but having seen all of France’s preparation games prior to the Euro and the three matches during the Euro so far, it is clear to me football wise, that “won’t play the ball Nasri”, “shot from any distance Benzama” and “i am better than anyone else Ribery” are the main problem.

    And sadly it seems Blanc cannot see this…

    Tactically Blanc need to change alot and he need to instruct his players in what there job is, and if they don’t deliver as a team just sub them.

    Nasri should have been subbed against Sweden instead of HBA; I would even had subbed Debuchy – he needs to learn that he is for most a right back not a right winger.

  • RonVanDam

    Jun 21, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #10

    This should also be make or break season for Obertan. If he doesnt improve dramatically from last season, we should offload him to a team in france before next season starts or as part of player plus cash deal. I also think we need a winger to compete with Jonas who seems to be slowing down

  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Jun 21, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #11


    Our defence is NOT okay. Just look at the goals against and our habit of shedding 3-4 in quick succession – Spuds, Norwich, Fulham

    We seriously need to strengthen the back 4 if we are to compete next season.

  • Partizan

    Jun 21, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #12

    Happy Birthday Tiote.

  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Jun 21, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #13


    Niafron has been in here saying the French side suffers from prima donna syndrome. He reckoned it was the fatal flaw in the side. Ribery seems to be a key problem.

  • RonVanDam

    Jun 21, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #14

    Ah, did anyone notice this is the 1st blog that Ed has written about Ben Arfa without using the word Mercurial

  • ginkoh

    Jun 21, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #15

    I think some of us are too sensitive about player’s interview.

    Tiote said he doesn’t want to leave, someone replied “Oh it’s sign for him to leave”.
    Ba said nothing “Oh he gonna leave by his release cost”.
    Hatem said he will leave only very serious offer come in (same as Carroll) “Oh he’s no loyalty and gonna leave”

    Come on !!

  • jesperfuglsang

    Jun 21, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #16


    I did not see that, but thanks for the info mate 😉

    Did he say anything else about the Sweden game and what the word is in France?

  • inceptoon

    Jun 21, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #17

    Spot on there mate. If anyone had seen that France-Sweden match, he would had noticed Nasri denying any passes to Ben Arfa, passing rather to Menez or Diarra and his targeted through passes to Benzema was always blocked. Ben Arfa made some decent run ins into the striking position only to find Benzema and Nasri passing it to Ribery who wasn’t even in the thick of actions. Ribery’s mediocre passes were applauded by Benzema while Ben Arfa was left passing the ball to Debuchy who should had been playing as a right back rather than a winger. To sum up, the French hardly wanted Ben Arfa to be in the game and Nasri i think definitely wanted him out. I also agree that it should had been Nasri who should had been substituted and Ben Arfa played in the middle for more efficient link up with Benzema and some dangerous power shots which they needed badly. Felt sorry for Beny when he was substituted.

  • Davies

    Jun 21, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #18

    I love that when papers start linking our best players with other teams people immediately blame the player, or say it’s time to get rid. I really hope we hold on to HBA for a long time. He is, in my opinion, the most gifted player we’ve had for a very long time.

  • bills-son

    Jun 21, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #19

    HBA wouldn’t get up to this nonsense with Pardew. Just shows again what a brilliant man management job Pardew did when he didn’t give HBA a regular first team place for the first two thirds of the season.

    HBA needs to stay at NUFC, listen to Pardew and learn how to be a proper professional from the likes of Colo, Guti and Tiote. The lad has fantastic world class potential but he’ll screw it up if he doesn’t cut the crap out.

  • cyprus

    Jun 21, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #20

    Not sure how someone is brilliant for not finding a place for his best player, while using an obviously mediocre one in his place. In truth, we can never know what would’ve happened had he played him more. AP must be congratulated but he hasn’t done anything genius yet. He passed the first exam, now comes the harder one.

  • IITianToon

    Jun 21, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #21

    Some people here are unbelievable.. slagging off easily the most talented player we have here..Especially after the way he has come up by leaps and bounds with us.
    On another note what the hell was Blanc thinking?? Substituting Benny for someone classy would have been understandable.. but Florent ‘Over the hill and deep into the sunset’ Malouda? Come on! Everytime he got the ball he messed up the French attacks. I can somewhat understand if Benny is angry.

  • north east lincs toon

    Jun 21, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #22

    Just seen tranquilla barnetta walk into the Marriott hotel no crap!


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