Ben Arfa And Three Other French Players In The Dock

Reports are coming through that Samir Nasri, Hatem Ben Arfa, Jeremy Menez and Yann M’Vila will be called before the French Football Federation disciplinary committee.

They will face charges brought for a variety of offences that were  committed during the Euro 2012 tournament in Poland and Ukraine, when France lost in the quarter-final to Spain, the eventual winners.

And this is the second tournament in a row where French players have been charged with disciplinary issues.

Nasri  probably faces the most serious charge, after he argued with a journalist and used foul language after the Les Bleus’ defeat by Spain, by the score of 2-0.

Menez allegedly gestured towards his own goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris, Rennes midfielder M’Vila reacted to his substitution by refusing to shake hands with manager Laurent Blanc, and Ben Arfa was involved in a dressing room argument with the manager after the 2-0 defeat by France.

FFF President Noel Le Graet confirmed that there would be no bonuses paid out to their players:

“This money is blocked, which may be redistributed, perhaps not.” “I don’t like to punish by nature and I don’t like to deliver a hasty opinion, but our players should be punished or sanctioned.

“I don’t want them thinking they are victims. They are not.”

Of course the French players would have given their bonus money to charities, which is now customary, so it’s not like they are losing that money – the charities  are.

We’re not sure it’s a good thing that France are being so open with the way they punish their stars – since the events were nowhere near as serious as those that happened during the World Cup in South Africa.

Couldn’t the FFF have done it in a more low key way – rather than have the news broadcast around the world?   It was bad enough two years ago.

Laurent Blanc has since left the job as France manager, but he did a very good job in bringing  France back from their disastrous World Cup two years ago.

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86 comments so far

  • G

    Jul 3, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #1

    Missleading headline, I thought they might have ‘Done a Ribbery’ or something?


    Jul 3, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #2

    Hes reformed damnit why cant people just accept it?!

  • niafron

    Jul 3, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #5

    Bonsoir messieurs.

    The Ben arfa’s specialsit is in da place! Do anyone got a question?


  • Toonboy_84

    Jul 3, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #6

    Hi niafron.

    What is the opinion of this article in France? Are these players public enemy?

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jul 3, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #7

    Pardew will spin it into a positive to motivate him.
    “Make it impossible for them not to pick you”.

    Can’t wait for the season to start.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 3, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #8

    Good afternoon Niafron. Hope your summer is going well 🙂

    So Benny boy is in trouble for not confronting Blanc in the dressing room? Besides taking money that was likely en route to a charity, what sort of punishment could he face?

  • davybtoon

    Jul 3, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #9

    anyone seen the pics of players in training

  • G

    Jul 3, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #10

    @ davybtoon. I thought training didn’t start till Thursday?

  • rich

    Jul 3, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #11

    Jacob Butterfield, formerly linked with NUFC signs for Norwich

  • nufc786

    Jul 3, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #12
    remember jacob butterfield well hoots has got him……..

  • nufc786

    Jul 3, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #13

    you beat me……..

  • rich

    Jul 3, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #14

    Sorry nufc786

    It does seem as though we’re missing out on a few “media linked” players!

  • christoon5369

    Jul 3, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #15

    m’villa bit seems harsh, does the Spain manager not receive disciplinary action for not shaking the players hands?

    ibizatoon – usually they ban them, think I remember evra getting banned for a few games?

  • niafron

    Jul 3, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #16

    Well, this is simple, before the tournament, people satisfaction rate about the national team was of 56% .

    Now, this is 17%.

    This is a witch hunt, scapegoats are needed.

    Honnestly, this is unreal, no one talk of technicals or physicals problem. Nothing football related.

    Even the politics took their part. THis only about morality, and to be honnest, we speak only of “les racailles”. How to explain you these words?

    A “racaille” is a bad guy, a scum, but in this particular context, it apply to the lads of the poor suburbs, who are generaly of foreign origin.

    The players are charged for having bad behaviors, but even much more, people say they do not like the national team and the shirt.

    Due to their origins, this far beyond football, this is a political problem in France.

    Don’t know what they risk. Nothing serious i guess (except maybe Nasri), but beside that, i think it will need alot of time, if it ever happen, before they wear the blue Jersey again.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 3, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #17

    Niafron….Sounds like a right mess. I suppose it has nothing to do with the management of these players?

    Pardew for the next France manager? 🙂

  • Toonboy_84

    Jul 3, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #18

    So you think there is a chance the may not play for France again in the near future?

  • niafron

    Jul 3, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #19

    Don’t kid with that Ibizatoon, Deschamps who was the last serious contender for the job is said to have decline the offer.

    So we just have no one.

    In fact, this is the whole french football who is collapsing.

  • niafron

    Jul 3, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #20

    Toonboy 84.

    Yes. Will depend of the next french manager. If this is Deschamps, Bény will probably not play for a while…

  • Tom4Nufc

    Jul 3, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #21

    Le problem avec France is that they are like Holland, just not as bad… Half of them play for themselves, not for the shirt or the country- Nasri being the prime candidate for this criticism. Look at Benzema?! Uninterested all tournament as well!

    I don’t mind Hatem causing a bit of a fuss for being taken off… At the end of the day it show’s he genuinely cares about his country and has passion, he just needs to learn to channel it on the pitch!

  • Toonboy_84

    Jul 3, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #22

    Shame because it clearly means a lot to him, playing for his country.

  • niafron

    Jul 3, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #23

    So you see, i need good news, so please, tell me Messi and Ronaldo will both sign for the Toon!

  • G

    Jul 3, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #24

    @ naifron, Messi and Ronaldo are both signing for the toon. Unfortunately the Messi is the ‘Mr Messy’ from the Rodger Hargreaves book, and the Ronaldo is the fat one from Brazil who was good a decade ago.

  • Ben Arfa (Either love him or Hatem)

    Jul 3, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #25

    I hate to say it but Spurs will be good next season. I personally like AVB and felt sorry for him when he got sacked. All he needs to do is sell Modric and buy Moutinho (who is much better IMO) and he’d still have money left. And if the 70m rumours are true – they could very well finish high in the league and possibly win the Europa league.

  • niafron

    Jul 3, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #26


    Well, they play for the shirt and the team, but they are all sure they are the only one who can save the day.

    So they try very difficult things all the time. Furthermore, after the game against Sweden, it was obvious something was going wrong inside the dressing room.

    They just broke as a team. Difficult to know why today, for many people involved (including Hatem) have said nothing about it until now.

  • ~Perchinho the Pheonix~

    Jul 3, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #27

    No need to fear. At the rate Newcastle is going, we will have the next french team, or atleast a good portion of it playing for us. It will be like Spain, players used to playing with one another (Xavi, Iniesta etc) As opposed to players from multiple teams/leagues.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 3, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #28

    Niafron….I didn’t hear Deschamps was rumoured to have turned the job down….a bit worrying.

    Not so much great news this end….but I suppose no news is good news???

    Keep your head up mate, France have some extremely talented players and I expect them to be able to sort themselves out eventually. It could be worse, you could be English! 🙂

  • gonz

    Jul 3, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #29

    It definitely looks like Ben Arfa loves playing for his country, he doesn’t know any different since practically being raised by the FFF.
    It is a shame he’ll be called up to the committee for showing passion, and even more shameful if Deschamps comes in and becomes the next French manager and doesn’t wipe all the slates clean of any wrong doings from the past and manages based on footballing reasons.
    (Kind of like the fact Psycho had the balls and made a footballing decision when it came to selecting Becks) Because if it’s footballing reasons then HBA should start every game.
    Against the Swedes he seemed to be the only one trying to score and make an impact on the game, Nasri did not want to give him the ball and Ribery runs around with a chip on his shoulder instead of showing what he is capable of doing on the pitch and just play good football.
    I just can’t wait to see him play again for us next season.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Jul 3, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #30

    AVB new Spurs manager; has that been mention?

    …I have been at the beach so hasn’t paid attention to the blog the last few hours 🙂

    Any news?

  • niafron

    Jul 3, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #31


    Just took a look on this Mr Messy. Well this is a head with two feet. So he got only parts who are able to hit the ball hard, i want him in my team.

    And about the fat Ronaldo, we just need to have him eating english food for three month, and he will be the lightning speed runing player he was again.


    Jul 3, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #32

    just found out that my cousin s husband is a mackem supporter having a field day to irritate him

  • Ben3arfa

    Jul 3, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #33

    Guess we didnt follow up our interest in butterfield, what a shame

  • jakesome

    Jul 3, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #34

    was butterfield a free?

  • rich_toonfan

    Jul 3, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #35

    Don’t worry niafron

    Your players may not get on and play well for France but at least you know if they get past that they coul play well.

    Here in England we are set for year or boring, defensive football. We might get one step further but it will be painful to watch.

  • rich_toonfan

    Jul 3, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #36

    AVB is a strange one.

    He just need experience. He did well with Porto and tried to apply this tactics to a different set of players who couldn’t do it or didn’t want to do it. He played a high line with a slow defence. Something we did a couple times and regretted.

    I reckon he will learn and develop a system that beat suits his current players at spurs and hopefully he has worked on his man management, that was meant to be poor. But then again I couldn’t be too nice to John terry.

  • ToonAndy

    Jul 3, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #37

    When’s the Europa draw??

  • ashwin say's

    Jul 3, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #38

    who are mackems ???
    I only remember them the group whom we smashed 6goals and cos of raylor over the wall goal

  • Partizan

    Jul 3, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #39

    Comment 24…Moutinho better than Modric?!
    Mate let me tell you something,,we can all talk what we want and think what we want but when it comes to reality then Moutinho is at least 1 class bellow Modric,who imo is one of the rare classic playmakers in the world.

  • Twatter

    Jul 3, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #40

    Modric is so overrated, come on. His last season was nothing spectacular, Spurs fans will tell you that themselves.


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