Ben Arfa And Larent Blanc Settle Their Differences – Good

As we had expected and hoped for, the arguments in the France dressing room after their 2-0 defeat to Sweden, seem to have been sorted out, in the calmer hours that followed the various altercations.

Laurent Blanc – altercations settled

And the news is that Newcastle midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa and France manager Laurent Blanc have made peace, following news yesterday that Ben Arfa had even offered to be sent home from the tournament, according to L’Equipe.

Blanc’s assistant manager Alain Boghossian told reporters that the pair had discussed the altercation once things had calmed down, and they shook hands at the end of  their discussion.

Well, that’s good.

Of course the last thing France wants is any repeat of the player revolt that happened in South Africa at the World Cup two years ago, and Boghossian was quick to say that there was no comparison to what happened on Tuesday night, and the events of the World Cup in 2012.

This is what Alain said:

“There was an exchange. That is normal for the change rooms. It would have been strange if it had not happened.”

Blanc replaced Ben Arfa after about 59 minutes of the game, which France lost 2-0, and when Ben Arfa walked off he seemed OK, and shook hands cordially with his manager.

The French manager admitted there had been arguments after the game in the dressing room:

“Yes, it became heated in the change rooms but after the players showered, the situation calmed down again,” “Those things happen after a defeat.”

“If a side wins, they accept what happened and are happy. The players noticed that not all their teammates gave 100 per cent.”

And the French Daily L’Equipe  had reported there had also been an altercation between Samir Nasri and Alou Diarra, after Diarra had accused Nasri of not doing enough work to help out the defense.

And apparently Ben Arfa and Samir Nasri also didn’t exactly see things eye to eye after the game either.

But this situation is an awful lot different from 2010, and to be expected somewhat,  after a bad defeat in an important game, and at least the players seemed to care about losing their first game in the last 24.

The main difference with 2010 is that France are still in the competition, and if they can play somewhere near their best form against Spain on Saturday, they have an excellent chance of reaching the semi-finals.

And with Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye back in the side, and running the midfield again,  that should be a big plus for France, and it will also be interesting to see if Ben Arfa gets a game on Saturday, either as a starter or as a substitute.

And if Cabaye continues the form he has so far shown for France, he could make the team that’s comprised of the best players in each position in the competition.

And maybe it’s still possible to have an England vs France final on July 1st?


That should be the end of this story, and we are hoping Ben Arfa keeps with his mature ways on Tyneside, and we fully expect he will.

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • GeordieToon89

    Jun 22, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #1

    I now officially do not want Vurnon Anita, anyone that uses Newastle as a stepping stone needs their heads tested.. Were on the road to greatness and it looks like ashley is backing us to achieve something special so we only want players who will come and help us not use us for a season

  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 22, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #2

    Bet ben arfa wont play against spain, but The terrible trio of nasri, ribery and benzene will

  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Jun 22, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #3

    it’s OK is he sees it, he will be on a comparable small wage. He (Anita) will play his ass off, and then Chealsea or Totenham (Wich i doubt it) comes with a nice bid, we will sell and make a profit of something around 5M pounds. That’s good then we will take Leroy Fer, or other player. It’s good bussiness,

  • markmac

    Jun 22, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #4

    he’s had words with Nasri because he’s a greedy twat who doesnt know how to pass!

  • No Plain Saylor

    Jun 22, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #5

    Or just get leroy fer now!! Far better player

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 22, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #6

    no plain saylor

    been thinking that for months now

  • magpiebop

    Jun 22, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #7

    Put £5er on an England v France final yesterday at 28/1 wii Coral.

  • davis_toons

    Jun 23, 2012 at 2:05 AM

    Comment #8

    ..Ben Arfar seems hard to blend into the French squad with Nasri and K.B around. They dont like to pass and are more selfish. They will not pass to let Ben arfar score.

    BenA will have to create his own chance and shoot himself. Thats was why when he got the ball, he fire from long range. But that was so close to scoring.

  • davis_toons

    Jun 23, 2012 at 2:19 AM

    Comment #9

    After France 98, the team dont pass anymore. They team is young but too selfish. They will not win things if they dont work together.

    Both SN and KM is too egoistic to pass. Both get better pay in a better “Branded Club”, so they though everyone is below them in the team.

    (Sorry to say..Wait until a serious injury or a really bad form hits them, hopefully that will make them realise, they are human like the rest after all.)

    It makes the rest of the team unbalance.

    German team likes to shoot from range unlike spain passing and holding game but if they understand that if not in a better position they will pass as well and let their teammates to score but not France..They team was not taught to pass esp with the “Branded Players”.


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