Ben Arfa In Standoff With Newcastle

Hatem Ben Arfa was fined by Newcastle when he reported back to pre-season training earlier this month, and was sent to train with the Reserve side.

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Ben Arfa – refusing to pay his fine

And the news late last night in the French paper Le Parisien is that Ben Arfa is now refusing to pay the fine.

Returning to pre-season overweight was bad enough, as some of us had hoped he would make his peace with Alan Pardew, and maybe he could stay for the coming season and do a job for Newcastle, but this doesn’t look good and it’s almost certain he will now be sold – or to be more accurate – Newcastle will try to sell him.

The 13 times capped French International was fined £1,500 because he was around 1.3Kg (just under 3 lbs) above his target weight when he returned to pre-season training, and the targets are set before the lads leave for their summer break- so they know the weights they have to come back at.

Ben Arfa has appealed the punishment, and as we suspected last week, he will not be in the squad that will travel to New Zealand – and that squad will be announced today.

We thought that would be an important pointer as to whether Ben Arfa will stay for the season, but he’s  not going down under.

Liverpool and Roma have been linked with him so far this summer, and we have to believe he will not be a Newcastle player come September.

But Ben Arfa could also refuse to join another club this summer, and he may try to stay for the final year of his contract, so he is free agent next summer.

What do you think?

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13 comments so far

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Jul 18, 2014 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #1

    Cabella is Benny’s replacement. It’s one in and one out on a like for like basis. However, Riviere is Shola’s replacement not Remy’s IMO. We need a top quality striker but there’s been no mention of one. Very, very worrying!

  • StuW

    Jul 18, 2014 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #2

    What an absolute tit. Nobody will touch him because of his attitude, so why not knuckle down for the season and prove the doubters wrong?

    I love HBA but his attitude(which was known at Lyon and Marseille) is letting him down as he has more talent in his little finger than most players have in their whole body

  • WestOzMag

    Jul 18, 2014 at 1:01 AM

    Comment #3

    Potentially great player with a crap attitude. We really don’t need the drama at this club. We already have it with MA and Pardew. Time to leave Hatem!

  • Stewin' Toon

    Jul 18, 2014 at 1:04 AM

    Comment #4

    A little off topic, but the fact that we have a true winger in Cabella, and Anita started at RB against Oldham, Sissoko will get a chance to play CM!

  • Stewin' Toon

    Jul 18, 2014 at 1:05 AM

    Comment #5


  • Charlietoon

    Jul 18, 2014 at 1:09 AM

    Comment #6

    For a player whose talent lies in running and being silky and quick on the ball, it’s not going to do him much good being overweight. It’s a shame he cant find the motivation or Pardew cant succeed in motivating him as he has the skills. He’ll just never progress.

  • Andymax

    Jul 18, 2014 at 1:13 AM

    Comment #7

    It don’t matter who comes in, as long as we have Pardew and his team we are in for another sihte season IMO.

  • geordie abroad

    Jul 18, 2014 at 1:17 AM

    Comment #8

    It’s great hearing all the optimism however lets get real. Rivière ain’t no remy, cabaye will likely be more effective in the prem then de jonk, Debuchy is a better RB then janmaat, colback is basically just a goslin replacement, cabella looks Like a decent signing but apart from a good attitude,will he be any better then HBA??

  • mrlizard603

    Jul 18, 2014 at 1:51 AM

    Comment #9

    Why not go after Javier Hernandez? He’s only valued at 16m. With a strong bid and a starting position instead of “super-sub”, he might be convinced. Wages too high? I’d buy every piece of w**** propaganda that had the name Chicharito on it!

  • Ancientcoptic

    Jul 18, 2014 at 2:53 AM

    Comment #10

    “French paper Le Parisien” LOL. Okay then.

  • jon.c

    Jul 18, 2014 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #11


  • musomag

    Jul 18, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #12

    Exactly Jon,

    Seems like a lot of our ‘supporters’ actually use the club purely as an outlet for depression. Yes we are still some way off repairing the damage of recent seasons but some progress is definitely being made at last. Good players are arriving, hopefully more will follow

    Lighten up, start supporting the team and give the new arrivals a welcoming chance of succeeding

  • WisconsinToonFan

    Jul 18, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #13

    Chicarito anyone? Being from the states and knowing the Mexican population of the country, you’d have a million new supporters overnight and the kit sales would pay for his transfer fee overnight.


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