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.
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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