It’s hardly surprising that Newcastle United have tonight confirmed they have terminated Ben Arfa’s contract with immediate effect, so that he becomes a free agent and can presumably now join Nice in the French League.
Ben Arfa while at Newcastle
It’s said to be by mutual consent – but it’s Newcastle who wanted Ben Arfa out – and the club didn’t want to pay his wages for the next six months – when his contract was due to run out on June 30th.
As we have pointed out before, Newcastle did almost exactly the same thing with Joey Barton in the summer of 2011, after Joey had criticised the owner for selling captain Kevin Nolan to West Ham.
This is the statement that Newcastle released tonight:
“Newcastle United can today confirm that Hatem Ben Arfa and the Club have reached an agreement to terminate the contract between both parties with immediate effect by mutual consent.”
“Newcastle United wishes Hatem all the best for his future.”
Ben Arfa is a wonderfully gifted footballer, but his lack of discipline is costing him what would (should) have been a wonderful career.
We hope he gets to grips with things and can start playing good football again at Nice.
We wish the 27 year-old all the best for the future.
Note: Please see if you can help the Northumbria Police to find this missing person – thanks.
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