Ben Arfa Escapes French Ban – Nasri Banned For Three Games


News today that French stars Samir Nasri and Jeremy Menez have been handed suspensions from the France national team,  following a disciplinary hearing into what went on at Euro 2012 tournament, which was held at the French Football Federation (FFF) headquarters in Paris.

Newcastle midfielder Ben Arfa in Paris earlier today


But the good news if that Newcastle’s mercurial midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa has escaped a ban, after his alleged argument with French manager Laurent Blanc in the dressing room, following the 2-0 defeat by Sweden in the last group game of Group D, but he has been given a warning as to his future conduct.

Samir Nasri has been banned for three games,  following his foul language outburst at French reporters following France’s 2-0 defeat by Spain in the quarterfinals.

PSG winger Menez, who was the only player not present at today’s hearing, was banned for one game, as his punishment for confronting the referee and also swearing at his captain, goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, during the quarter final clash with Spain.

Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila also escaped a ban, and the charge was that he didn’t shake the hand of manager Laurent Blanc after being substituted, and also didn’t shake hands with the player replacing him – Olivier Giroud – naughty boy.

After the hearing the FFF disciplinary commission President Jean Mazzella had this to say to the French Daily L’Equipe:

“The meeting was calm, the players gave explanations and showed a very good attitude.”  ‘They defended themselves but they answered all the questions we asked them. They did not apologise, they showed regret.”

But it remains to be seen if new France manager Didier Deschamps will choose Ben Arfa for the August 15th friendly against Uruguay, after the two of them hardly saw eye to eye when they were at Marseilles together.

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113 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #1

    Good for Hatem, i doubt it helps his france chances tho.
    Unless Deschamp decideds to be a proffesional.
    Otherwise they’re loosing out on an immense talent.

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  • mattnufc

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #2

    Never knew he was mercurial.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #3

    looks like he is going into a strippers bar on that pic. Cheeky Hatem

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #4

    Matt…..You heard it here first 😉

    Be a real shame for Hatem and France if he isn’t included in the squad under De Chump, but their loss will be our gain. They can’t ignore him forever. Great talent the boy has, far he will go.

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  • Graeme

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #5

    Deschamps needs to grow up – he is supposed to be the adult here ffs!!!

    Spitting his dummy because a kid wouldn’t accept his every word without question? If that’s how he expects to get the best from his players, whoever they are, it will never work. Respect is earned, it doesn’t come with the job!!

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  • ganiyu

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #6

    Keep your head down and start playing safe.

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #7

    Ibiza – I started to do a rewrite of my account for you but ED did the old switcheroo didnt he?

    Repost –

    Erghhh… ok Ibiza, here we are then.

    “It was a stormy night as I unfolded my laptop. The dim glow of the power saving mode screensaver eerily illuminated the cold room. I should light a fire, I thought – but I was out of kindling, and anyway I had just zipped up my Arran cardigan. It was going to take some time to get to the bottom of this mystery, the tension increased as I feverishly tapped on the keyboard almost in time with the spindly fingers of the windblown branches on my window………. ”

    Stuff this…

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  • RobertNufc25

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #8

    Any legal eagles on here,tell me how the f.a can charge Terry,when he was found not guilty in a court of law??

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #9

    Tsunki…Is the rest available on Kindle? I need more

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #10

    Simple. The FA are higher than law.

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #11

    Trying not to generalise but the French seem to like picking arrogant spoiled kids for national team managers. Its their curse. They have enough of them in the team.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #12

    @ RobertNufc25

    Well I’m no expert on the subject but I would imagine its because they can 🙂

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  • check the toastie

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #13

    Hope Pardew gives Benny a game before January this season. Bozo.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #14

    For all Legal questions please come see us at Big Pappa & Ibiza associates.

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  • RobertNufc25

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #15

    Think they should draw a line in the sand and forget about the whole thing.

    Move on ffs

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  • Beattie25

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #16

    Is that Ben Arfas wife waiting outside the door in the picture?

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  • toonLYF

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #17

    hope arfa and cabza atleast play the den haag and cardiff games

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  • toonLYF

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #18

    nah beattie it’s his reflection

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #19

    Robert…I’m split. On the one hand I live to see JT suffer. On the other hand, I hate to see his face.

    It’s a real dilemma.

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #20

    Robert – the FA arent concerned with anything legal or fair, theres where you went wrong right there. 🙂

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  • Dannyo

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #21

    @Robert
    I think the racism is about discrimination, and beeing found not guilty in that, they’re just switching the wording and calling it abusive and threatning behaviour.
    Abusive, maybe, threatning, i doubt it.
    I think he’ll slip away from that, or get a minor penalty.

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  • ROSHAN MAGPIE

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #22

    guys how much more time left for the game

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  • Beattie25

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #23

    Tsunki

    Do you write erotica too?

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  • toonLYF

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #24

    roshan just under 2 hours mate

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #25

    Tsunki…Kindle? Amazon? Charity Shops?

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  • Graeme

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #26

    Robert @8.

    He was found not guilty of breaking the Law of the land at his trial. As it was a criminal offence the FA postponed any investigation into possible breach of their own rules and regulations to avoid any interference with the trial.

    Now the trial is over, the FA held their investigations and have concluded that JT may not have broken the Law, he has contravened the FA Codes of Conduct and will charge him accordingly!!

    This has nothing to do with justice mate!!

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #27

    @ Beattie25

    Please tell me you arent reading that 50 showers of shite, oh sorry 50 shades of grey are you ?

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  • ROSHAN MAGPIE

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #28

    thanks toon lyf

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 27, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #29

    50 seasons of shite? Is that a Sunderland Bio?

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 27, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #30

    Tsunki…someone is “in the house”

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  • Beattie25

    Jul 27, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #31

    Big Pappa

    No. I read a little bit of it but it was too much for me.

    It’s really saucy, it got me all Hot and bothered. I had to throw one off. The librarian was furios.

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  • IFC.Toon

    Jul 27, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #32

    @check the toastie

    Comedy gold 😉

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  • snowdone

    Jul 27, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #33

    The FA are perfectly entitled to charge John Terry. He used foul language, even if he claims he was not using it in an insulting way. He has been hoist by the petard of modern media – youtube videos etc.

    Don’t cry no tears for the London scally. He’s handed plenty out in his time and now it’s pay back!

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jul 27, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #34

    @ Ibiza

    Na m8 5under1and’s is called a never ending shower of shite 🙂

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jul 27, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #35

    @ Beattie

    I hope you cleaned up before you left 🙂

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 27, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #36

    Big Pappa…My bad 🙂

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  • RobertNufc25

    Jul 27, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #37

    Thank you my legal friends for filling me in lol

    It’s just gonna run & run that story like.

    Do you’s think if Anton Ferdinand racially abused Terry we would even be talking about it ? I have my doubts lol

    I think it probably would of been forgot about a long time ago.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 27, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #38

    If someone abused Terry it would be seen as community service.

    Glad we could help 🙂

    So, links for tonight? Not sure they’ll be showing it on the local Spanish channels.

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  • ChicagoToon

    Jul 27, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #39

    are there any streams for the game?

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  • RobertNufc25

    Jul 27, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #40

    It’s on Espn like,so you’ll probably get a stream somewhere mate.

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