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.
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.
“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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