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Newcastle Issue Statement On Hatem Ben Arfa

9:01 am, Friday, May 3rd, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 46 Comments

Newcastle have issued a statement on Hatem Ben Arfa today, and it seems like Derek LLambias is going after newspapers who put out false and misleading stories on Newcastle, in this very crucial time for the club.

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Hatem Ben Arfa – false story in The Sun
This is how The Sun says he would look like in a PSG strip

This is the statement released today by the club:

Newcastle United are hugely disappointed by the article that appeared in The Sun on Wednesday, 1st May, concerning Hatem Ben Arfa, on the basis that their assertion was totally without foundation and completely untrue.

The Club is 100 per cent supportive of Hatem.

Articles such as this are an attempt to destabilise the Club and the team at a crucial period in the season. Supporters should be aware that the Club and Hatem are taking the strongest possible action against this flagrant false reporting.

The Sun did not have the courtesy to check the facts with the Club or the player before publishing the piece. Had they done so they would have been told there was no truth in it whatsoever.

Hatem said:

 “I was shocked when my attention was drawn to the article in The Sun newspaper on Wednesday morning.” “It is totally inaccurate, misleading and has caused me great personal upset and frustration.”

The story said that Ben Arfa had worn a PSG strip at a local gym – with PSG being his home town club – and that the Frenchman didn’t care if Newcastle supporters saw him wearing it.

It seems to us with the club banning any Daily Telegraph journalists from the club for their story on Tuesday, when they reported there was disharmony at the club and now this – it could create a bunker-type mentality at Newcastle – which may be what the players need to fight their way out of an extremely difficult situation in the league.

We’ll know tomorrow at West Ham if we can get to safety – but everything seems a little on edge at the moment.

We need our players to be heroes in the last three games of the season.

Isn’t that true!

What do you think?

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46 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Sheikh MagToon // May 3, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Need all the French lads to get their fingers out and prove press wrong by winning tomorrow.

  • 2 JackButler // May 3, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    It’s a typical and expecedt reaction from the press. They see we have some quality players and so when we struggle the first and most obvious thing is to print their stories that everyone wants away, it’s how The Sun have operated for years

  • 3 Rainrix // May 3, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Yay bout time we started a war on the press. Who needs free speech anyway? :)

  • 4 Jail for Ashley // May 3, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    For all the good he’s done, what exactly good has he done, turned our black and white stadium red white and blue, had us relegated broken every PL record that a team doesn’t want broken, whoopee do he turned the club a profit.All this talk of him being a saviour, there was not one single report of us going into administration before he turned up, and if the fat greedy bargain hunter hadn’t of rushed in with his 130M thinking he was screwing SJH over we may possibly ended up with a more castute owner who didn’t inherit a further 130M debt, and as for the interest free loan well that’s a matter for the tax experts and accountants on here.

  • 5 Tsunki // May 3, 2013 at 9:15 AM


  • 6 lesh // May 3, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Especially the Sun’s version of free speech Rainrix.

    That rag’s an insult to its readers’ intelligence and it’s only fit for cats to pi$$ on!

  • 7 JackButler // May 3, 2013 at 9:20 AM


    At this point in time there are only two glaring mistakes that are dogging our club, Pardew being the most obvious as he causing us so much pain and the second is having a loan shark as our kit sponsor. If Pardew is replaced in the summer with a quality manager things will look very different

  • 8 Tsunki // May 3, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Free speech needs to be true and informative, lies and speculative inflammatory constructs damage its value. I have always felt that media who profit from sensationalism should be prepared to lose that profit when found guilty of fabricating misleading stories, that is the way to protect free speech. (climbs down off box)

  • 9 Ian Toon // May 3, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Rotonda- Without wishing to offend your delicate
    sensibilities difficult times require calm actions
    and soft words. Not the constant regurgitation
    of empty rhetoric.

  • 10 Rainrix // May 3, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Lesh…. Might as well add the mail and the star to that list. Hell just add all of them really they’re nothing but self serving money making machines anyway.

  • 11 Transfer Sage // May 3, 2013 at 9:21 AM


    that interest free loan really annoys me when he says look at the good he is going.

    As he own NUFC if he didn’t pay off the debt it would be him (through his company NUFC) that would be losing out. He has basically just stopped himself losing out.

    Sure it does mean the club has more money (seeing as he doesn’t spend his own) but hardly like he saved us.

    And i agree, the only people who ever said we were close to administration/going bankrupt were ashley or llambias, convenient to paint themselves as saviors.

  • 12 Rotonda heights // May 3, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    sheikh mag

    I guess it’s how Pard sets up. If it’s Guti, Perch and Tiote again I’m not holding my breath


    I think you are preaching to the converted (almost).


    Jewell was sacked for relegating them and has never been heard of again.

    Bruce is another inconsistent manager, ie now good at Hull, was terribly poor at Sunderland but Martinez had to take over when they had sold off people like Palacios, N’Zogbia etc and more recently Moses.

    Martinez got 2 different clubs promoted playing great football and still is playing great football. Can’t possibly judge him as he’s never had any money to compete.

  • 13 Rotonda heights // May 3, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    I do hope that no one is going to make shepherd out to be whiter than white. Memory plays tricks.

  • 14 Transfer Sage // May 3, 2013 at 9:27 AM


    jewell got wigan up and then their highest ever league place

    bruce kept them in the league and was a solid mid table side until he left

    martinez has done ok, but he has better players than teams like norwich but always flounders around the relegation zones.

    I’m not saying he might not kick on even more with a much better squad, i just think he gets too much praise for what he does.

  • 15 JAMSHA // May 3, 2013 at 9:27 AM


  • 16 // May 3, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    If Pardew can track back a couple of months, reset his mind a bit(must be in total chaos) and go for the secure setup i actually think we have a chance tomorrow.
    4411 with Ben Arfa as a link between midfield and Cisse. That setup would work best with fast wingers, so perhaps Obertan on the right even though he isn’t too effective. At least he stretches opponents and makes room for others(read Ben Arfa), which in turn makes it easier to pass the ball through to Cisse.
    Big Sam, Nolan and Carroll will be pumped up, but will the other 9 players be as motivated? I hope not :)

  • 17 catchy in norway // May 3, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    i remember pardew saying , no, carroll is going no where,,

    i also think DL you muppet

    if spuds offerd 20 mil,, you would snap there hands off

    this is just a ploy to try and keep us sweet, and bump up his value

    yeh yeh we see through you

  • 18 Tsunki // May 3, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    I agree Ashley is no hero, he didnt buy the club because he loved it, he did it to make money and a name for himself in the business – as such we should be enjoying a symbiotic relationship with a man who wants NUFC to do well, albeit for strictly commercial reasons and a bit of nice kudos on the side for him.

    I should think he is feeling the pain of embarrassment right now very deeply, and will try and rectify his attempted application of penny-pinching, budget approach to the football game by sorting out his management and training setup.

    I am still concerned by how tight-fisted he is as a billionaire owner though. I am not impressed by the interest free loan, £130m is pocket lint to this guy.

  • 19 catchy in norway // May 3, 2013 at 9:31 AM
    we dont have fast wingers

    fergy is out on loan

    obertan is just a sprinter

  • 20 lesh // May 3, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Honhestly find it hard to believe people pay money for and read the crap they write.

    Trouble is, the Sun’s a nasty right wing paper that is able to condition (brainwash) the minds of the majority of those that look at it! Needless to say it’s one of Murdoch’s tools.

  • 21 jonobbad // May 3, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    I don’t think anyone is saying Freddy was whiter than white.
    I did prefer it under him, much happier times and no relegations in sight.
    I don’t buy tickets to make us the 20th richest club.
    I buy tickets because I want to watch fooball and be entertained.

  • 22 JackButler // May 3, 2013 at 9:33 AM

  • 23 Rotonda heights // May 3, 2013 at 9:35 AM


    That’s hilarious but a bit base name calling there. Surely you can do a better line in abuse than that.

    It’s funny because I always get the impression you are a failed pseudo-intellectual windbag and the softest sh..e I’ve ever heard so much b……ks off in my life.

    Yet you (and your alter egos / friends?) are still on here pathetically trying to defend your indefensible idol. Give it up you sad little man. Empty rhetoric is your bag because you have nothing to say that anyone could possibly take seriously any more.

  • 24 Rainrix // May 3, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Lesh…. Im surprised after the phone hacking lark anyone still buys it.

  • 25 jonobbad // May 3, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    I know false stories won’t help us especially at this stage of the season but I can’t help but think we are protesting a bit too much.
    Maybe there’s some truth to it?

  • 26 Black and White with an army lol // May 3, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    papers causing trouble again, so what if HBA was caught wearing a PSG top, he supports the dam team.

  • 27 Rotonda heights // May 3, 2013 at 9:38 AM


    he also took them down or on the verge of it. jewell played decent football but no wigan manager has had funds to really compete so it’s fantastic just what they have achieved in the last 10 years, regardless of manager

  • 28 // May 3, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    I know we don’t have the luxary of good options, and i also think Pardew is so limited that the setup must be elementary. I don’t think he’s able to make the 4231 work. The use of Cisse and Sissoko on the right wing is frightfull at best.

    I wish for 433, but it will never happen.

  • 29 Charlie in the Gallowgate // May 3, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    The press have stirred the s**t about the TOON for ages take the run in with Keegan and the fat bearded t**t Brian McNally from the Sunday Mirror who still stirs it up about the TOON

  • 30 Rainrix // May 3, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    jonobbad… I dont think it is. For me it just seems everyone at the club is on edge with the position we’re in and the horrible results we’ve had. The clubs a bit like a cornered animal atm attacking anything in sight. These articles dont help and the hierarchy can see that and are trying to nip it in the bud. tbh i don’t think these articles at any other time would warrant much of a response but in our current situation they do.

  • 31 dcdick // May 3, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    “We need our players to be heroes in the last three games of the season”.

    Bollocks to hero’s, we just need footballers to turn up & do what they get payed, for play football………… some lose some …..BUT ALWAYS GIVE 100%

  • 32 Black and White with an army lol // May 3, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Pardew’s excuse after the WHU game

    ” the press put pressure on our lads”

    got to think of it though it is a new excuse.

  • 33 catchy in norway // May 3, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    we do have the luxury of good opitions,, and pardew is only limited to what he sets the limits too,

    he has many options in front of him, and i could understand if he had some 2nd div team with limited abilites,, but he has some of the worlds top players in his squad,,

    i can not and will not feel sorry for the idiot who has dug tthis whole for himself, now expects time to sort it out,,

    NO WAY

  • 34 Jail for Ashley // May 3, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Pardew is a despicable human being, he sold his dignity for an eight year contract, if anybody gets the chance listen to his interview with Mick Lowes last night where he blames the fans for booing an apparently ‘good’ pass.

  • 35 Krul to be Kind // May 3, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    was reading a post from Jayphoto om the previous thread about the Montpellier manager Rene Girard in discussions with NUFC hierarchy in the French press… does anyone know if this has any truth in it?

    Exciting all the same, would be a mint appointment!

  • 36 Transfer Sage // May 3, 2013 at 9:53 AM


    yeh they have all done a good job getting wigan to where they are, but those first two went on to do nothing special so maybe the same of martinez.

    It’s almost a pointless debate as so far all we can say is he has potential to play good football. Will he be able to turn those defeats into draws/wins improve with a better set of players? possibly but until it happens we wont know.

    For a club like ours though i think we should be looking for a manager who has experience of football in a top league and europe, whether europa or champions league.

  • 37 Transfer Sage // May 3, 2013 at 9:54 AM


    I’ll give it a listen over the weekend. He is becoming more and more paranoid and seems unable to see he is the problem.

    Blaming the team, pitch, injuries, etc over and over is one thing, might annoy people but when you turn on the fans your days are numbered.

  • 38 solano // May 3, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    As expected no real riposte dealing in cold hard facts on the Ashley era which I posted lastnight from any Ashleyites. Earthlings/realists have passed comment on the lack of responsibility taken at the top for this club’s regression and malaise.
    It seems now, in order to get out of the corner they have put themselves in, people such as Bills-son are distancing themsselves from the patsy manager and hoping for brighter days are on their way under a new 5 year plan and a new puppet. The problems run far deeper than that.
    On the pitch, we have regressed and off the field, we have had turmoil, all brought about by greed and insensitivity to the history and traditions of the club and city. They have to go – the Gruesome Twosome and their poor Patsy, before this club can get some self respect back and start building to fulfill our potential.

  • 39 Jail for Ashley // May 3, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    I was looking at the list of LMA winners in which our very own JFK and Alan ‘it wasn’t me guv ‘ Pardew proubly sit, the list is frightening as in our next manager is much more likely to come from an unemployed member of that bunch rather than Real, Bayern or Chelsea.

  • 40 // May 3, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Perhaps i explained it a bit incomplete. I meant we lack options on the wings to play in an ancient 442 or 441 system, not options in general. I’m with you there. In this squad there are lots of options, but Pardew isn’t capable of using the players we allready have. He is the type of manager that want’s old fashioned wingers and a big clumsy forward or two.

    I was just thinking of a way how he could turn around the dump we’re in right now, tomorrow, with the players he have.

    I hope Cabaye told him that if he puts him and Ben Arfra a bit forward they’ll work their socks of and proove they can play football, and that Pardew sees that as a solution because of the lack of ability/alternatives he can come up with himself.

  • 41 northernirishtoon // May 3, 2013 at 10:12 AM


    Post a link to that interview if u can. Would be interested in hearing it

  • 42 lesh // May 3, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Rainrix. Gottaa be careful how I say this but your average Sun reader doesn’t see beyond the pap presented, doesn’t consider the ethical issues involved in collecting and presenting the sensation that’s referred to as news.

    However, enough of the socio-linguistics!!

  • 43 Ian Toon // May 3, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Rotonda The end!

  • 44 Ian Toon // May 3, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Rotonda – Its never a good idea to lose your objectivity. Because your tagged with others who display the same outlandish argumentative, pick a fight with anyone type nature. Resulting in a credibility problem and quite often on the wrong side of the debate. The thinking is shifting towards a collective responsibility for the mess were in. It was always the case but more posters are now seeing it. It’s far too simplistic to just blame the manager because his fluctuating fortunes and that of the team came about in no small measure because of the inability of Ashley and Llambias to think like football people. Contrast Daniel Levy at Spurs who took the necessary positive action last summer. i spend a lot of working time in London and last summer the majority of Spurs fan thought Levy had really screwed up. You take everything so personally. Quite often when it’s not intended at all. You must have something going for you though because you like cricket as well. I am hoping to take in the after tea session at Lords – Middlesex V. Surrey. Are you a Durham or Yorkshire fan?

  • 45 KRadiation // May 3, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    I’d love to see them adopt a bunker down mentality all year round. Alex fergie does it at United really pushing home the message that it’s us against them and were going to prove them all wrong etc.

  • 46 moonraker // May 3, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    If Martinez is so hjghly rated, how come they are fighting relegation every year?

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