It’s hardly surprising that he Newcastle manager Alan Pardew will talk to Hatem Ben Arfa about what happened in the dressing room at the Euro 2012 tournament, after France were beaten 2-0 by Sweden in the final Group D game.
Ben Arfa – in action for France over the summer
And it was hardly surprising that Ben Arfa did not appear in France’s quarter final match against reigning Champions Spain who knocked France out the tournament by a score of 2-0.
The reports said that Ben Arfa was on his cell phone after the game against Sweden, which annoyed the France manager Laurant Blanc, and there was an angry exchange of words between the two.
Now four players – Ben Arfa, Samir Nasri, Jeremy Menez and Yann M’Vila – will face disciplinary action by the French Football Federation, and it’s likely that each will receive a suspension from playing for the national team for a number of games.
Before Ben Arfa arrived on Tyneside, he had a reputation in France of being a trouble-maker, and the altercation with Blanc will not have changed that view held by the French fans.
This is what the Newcastle manager said about the altercation in France:
“I haven’t really studied what went on with France at the Euros and I won’t get the real version until I speak to Hatem.” “He doesn’t come back until a lot later in pre-season because he and Yohan Cabaye need some rest”
“Certainly I will have a conversation with him because I want him to pick up where he left off for us, which was in a good place.”
Alan Pardew will want Ben Arfa to continue being well behaved at Newcastle, because the last thing we all want to see is some disciplinary problems from the French International, but Alan Pardew has proved himself an expert at Newcastle in handling all different kinds of personalities on Tyneside.
We don’t expect Ben Arfa to be any more trouble at Newcastle next season than he’s been over the last couple of seasons, and we hope he continues to produce the excellent form he showed the fans in the second half of the season for the Magpies.
And of course since his former boss at Marseilles – Didier Deschamps - is now the new France manager, that will probably curtail any more call-ups to the French squad, at least while Deschamps is the France manager.