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.
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.