Ben Arfa Threatens Legal Action To Leave Newcastle


Hatem Ben Arfa’s lawyer has defended his client tonight, on what he has called false information being spread about him by the “manager’s entourage” at Newcastle.

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Ben Arfa – could buy out his contract

This is starting to get nasty, and his lawyer Jean-Jacques Bertrand has said on French TV tonight that Ben Arfa is considering using FIFA’s Article 17, whereby a player can buy himself out of his contract after three years, and that applies to Ben Arfa’s contract, which has just one year to run.

This is what Bertrand has told beIN Sports:

“Hatem has two possibilities,” “Either he utilizes Article 17, which is a FIFA regulation that allows after three years without an alteration to a contract with a club for that contract to be terminated. Hatem can do that this year.”

“Contrary to what his manager Alan Pardew says, Hatem has only one year remaining.”

“Or he could also sort his situation out with the club.” “What must not happen is that Hatem is destabilized and is made to look like it is he who is trying to leave the club.“

“There’s been no major incident which justifies what the manager’s entourage have spread about him. Nothing.”

“As for all the things that hurt Hatem’s image, relative to the club, the fans or himself,  we will fight because we can’t allow the spreading of false information.”

Since Ben Arfa in June will have just one year left on his contract, and not two years as Pardew recently said, he could buy the contract  out, and if he’s on £60K/week, that would cost him about £3M.

But this looks like it’s a potentially  bad and even spiteful situation developing between Alan Pardew, his coaches  and the 27 year-old French International, and it’s unlikely to reflect well on Newcastle United

With Newcastle also trying to break a five match losing streak tomorrow night at Arsenal, this kind of stuff will hardly be helping that particular endeavor.

This is a breaking story, so we should get more information on this tomorrow, but it doesn’t sound good.

Comments welcome.



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9 comments so far

  • JackButler

    Apr 27, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #1

    Let the mud slinging begin 🙁

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  • 1949BH PROUDTOBEAGEORDIE

    Apr 28, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #2

    at least there is a bit more for the benny and marv fans /trolls to talk about.

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  • archaeomag

    Apr 28, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #3

    ….it’s the curse of W@nga

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  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 28, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #4

    Another bad news story -or put it another way an incompetent PR exercise. What happens in the dressing room, whilst it may be of great interest, should be kept there. If there has been dis-information eminating from the staff side about a player – this would be disgraceful. Seems that the Toon do not like poor press articles but are prepared to use that exact same route when the shoe is on the other foot.
    So will we see the Toon solicitors defending the club if any further comes out. No
    Will we see solicitors acting on behalf of Elliot making challenges about the nightclub incident -No.
    There seems to be a poisonous attitude currently at SJP. Loads of lies, disinformation. When you take into account the uEFA guidelines about transparency with the fans unfortunately the Toon make a mockery of this. The sad thing is it does not have to be like this.

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  • midweek weekend

    Apr 28, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #5

    The way pardew treats Ben arfa really is incredible, the guy is arguably our most creative player of the last 5 years yet doesn’t even make the Bench these days, pardew seriously needs to go, no doubt we will lose 3 4 or even 5-0 tomorrow which hopefully increases pressure on his sacking, then comes Cardiff at home if we lose that 7 defeats in a row then pardew surely will be sacked god we can only dream.

    I remember a few years back Ben arfa played against Everton and scored a cracking goal and tore the entire team up was so exciting to watch now this joke manager doesn’t even play him it’s criminal.

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  • JackButler

    Apr 28, 2014 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #6

    So HBA will soon be gone, Pardew tells us we should be excited about the summer plans the club have and now we are being linked to Jonjo Shelvey and Jack Colback as it seems Ashley has had enough of foreign flops and we will now look at British talent instead………………………………..just another normal day at NUFC then

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  • Sav

    Apr 28, 2014 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #7

    That sort of story should delight our other foreign flops (ahem..players) no end.

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  • lesh

    Apr 28, 2014 at 2:08 AM

    Comment #8

    Pity we couldn’t hear the inside story….. Where’s Turkish when you need him?

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  • ash1001

    Apr 28, 2014 at 7:05 AM

    Comment #9

    Its goes from bad to worse to downright crap.
    Seems as if HBA is banished,
    Shelvey and Colbeck are possibly on the radar,
    and now Shola for Management.

    Think its time Pardew got checked in somewhere.

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