Ben Arfa To Make Dramatic Announcement Tomorrow


Hatem Ben Arfa is not allowed to play for Nice this season since by FIFA’s interpretation of their own rules he has already played for Newcastle and Hull this season, even though his game for Newcastle was for our U21 side.

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Hatem Ben Arfa – while at Newcastle

Nice appealed the FIFA decision but reports in France, mainly in Foot Mercato are saying their appeal has been turned down and therefore Ben Arfa cannot play for the club this season, and in fact he cannot play for any other side either.

What a mess that is for such a gifted player and the reports coming out France tonight are that Ben Arfa will announce tomorrow that he is leaving Nice.

The 27 year-old was allowed to leave Newcastle early in January on a free transfer even though he still had six months of his deal remaining at Newcastle.

FIFA had ruled that Ben Arfa couldn’t play for Nice because he had already played for Hull, in a loan spell – and he had played once for the Newcastle’s U-21 side, which was classed as an official fixture by FIFA.

And even though the English FA supported Nice and the player by saying they don’t consider U21 games as official fixtures, that did not sway the powers that be at FIFA.

We can well imagine how frustrated the former Newcastle player is – and he said this yesterday on the Nice web-site:

“I do not understand why they would try to stop me from playing in France, my home, and say I should be in England or somewhere else.”  “‘Why always try to create problems when there are none?”

“I have only one desire – to play again on the pitches of Ligue 1, to have fun with my team-mates, and to give pleasure to the fans who have welcomed me as ever.”

It’s certainly a frustrating time for the French International, and we just cannot understand the decision made by FIFA – it hardly seems fair or logical – but hey – that’s FIFA for you.

And his announcement tomorrow could be even more dramatic as his his lawyer, Jean-Jacques Bertrand, had told Infosport tonight:

“He has in the head tonight to stop playing football.”

So Ben Arfa could even announce he is retiring from football altogether?

But that would be a mistake and a decision made when he is really frustrated – why wouldn’t he just wait and play for Nice next season?

Hatem Ben Arfa played 86 times for Newcastle with 14 goals –  and two of those were the greatest individual goals ever seen in the 123 year history of St. James’ Park.

And he could announce his retirement tomorrow? 🙁

Ben Arfa would be very well advised to hold off on what he says tomorrow – and give himself some extra time to think things over.

Surely he can stay in football – even though we can understand how frustrated the lad must be feeling right now – it must look like the world is against him.

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84 comments so far

  • toon kk

    Feb 2, 2015 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #1

    Welshie
    the club is a big enough joke.
    But you can give us a laff.

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  • Belfast

    Feb 2, 2015 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #2

    What a stupid rule

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 2, 2015 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #3

    Where’s the dramatic announcement part Ed? Did I not read that properly? I’ll try again. Wait a minute I’ll catch up. Go on without me.

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 2, 2015 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #4

    See, that’s what I’m talking about, we haven’t had a HBA post for ages. I feel much better already. 🙂

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 2, 2015 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #5

    Belfast – stop feeding me lines mate you’re a sitting duck.

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  • Belfast

    Feb 2, 2015 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #6

    He’s got an ingrown toe nail Skunki and he’s having an operation

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  • JAMSHA(CARVER SLAYER)

    Feb 2, 2015 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #7

    beny most likely to play.in saudi league

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 2, 2015 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #8

    Belfast – which one? Fifa’s or Mike Ashleys?

    Boom Boom! Ayyy theng yowww!

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  • beermonkey

    Feb 2, 2015 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #9

    we could resign him

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 2, 2015 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #10

    Who’s got an ingrown toenail?

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  • Belfast

    Feb 2, 2015 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #11

    That bloke in the picture

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  • welshgeordie9

    Feb 2, 2015 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #12

    Ben Arfa is going to be our new centre back that’s the dramatic announcement.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Feb 2, 2015 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #13

    If he does that, it’ll be the ultimate Pardewed effect.

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  • Belfast

    Feb 2, 2015 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #14

    I would take myself of on holiday if it was me. Somewhere foreign like Swansea

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  • welshgeordie9

    Feb 2, 2015 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #15

    Yeah right if this happens I will run around newcastle naked telling jokes.

    Newcastle United could be preparing a late bid for versatile Evian star Daniel Wass, with time running out for the Toon to sign new players before the close of the transfer window.

    Tutto Mercato is claiming that the Magpies are set to make a move for the 25-year-old, who can play as either a winger or full-back, when required.

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  • toon kk

    Feb 2, 2015 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #16

    Mash is certainly looking after Rangers sending four of our kids on loan.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 2, 2015 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #17

    I’d have taken both Aaron Lennon and Robbie Huth in loan. Also wouldn’t mind a loan more for Rickie Lambert as they have said he can leave.

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  • murvar

    Feb 2, 2015 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #18

    He’s retiring from football. Something I thought he had done a long time ago. Worse than Marcelino IMO.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Feb 2, 2015 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #19

    You see Belfast you can tell jokes but not as good as me though.

    Ha ha ha

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  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 2, 2015 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #20

    Wonder where Jeff is. I suspect he’s charging his phone up to retrieve and publish all the contacts he’s had with wags. Seems to know lot about them. Waiting with eager anticipation. I hope he doesn’t let us down.

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  • scout

    Feb 2, 2015 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #21

    maybe we will spend 50 million in the summer haha

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  • toon kk

    Feb 2, 2015 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #22

    Ssn reporting maybe upto six players being loaned to Rangers.
    What will they do with them all?

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  • scout

    Feb 2, 2015 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #23

    HBA seemed to get big very quickly. A lad at school done the same was a quality player then ballooned up. Such a shame as under the right guidance could have reached the top.

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  • sparky55

    Feb 2, 2015 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #24

    re Ben Arfa…who cares!

    Re the transfer window…I think we’ve done well when you consider whats gone on in the past.

    No big departures…only slight negative was Santon going but not the end of the world IMO.

    I must admit the glass half full supporters of this club are exactly what makes the Geordie nation such a wonderful place to work rest and play…our optimism is legendary (if sometimes misplaced) and every window we have lots of optimistic posters hoping beyond hope something positive will happen…but 3 years ago we only enjoyed a good January window because we were in danger of going down so Ashley raided the piggy bank and 4 deals were done in record time to save us from relegation….

    …but every other year relegation has not really been a possibility and hence nothing but sales in those years so you have to wonder why the optimists thought something positive would have this year.

    Losing no-one of note is a positive in my book…Santon is a purple on big wages and that’s the only reason why he’s gone because Ashley is happy with the squad and realistically we are in no danger of going down…and I wholeheartedly agree.

    We have a good squad…a squad that with a good coach behind it could do some serious damage in the league / cups and that should never be in danger of going down.

    Yes our defence is our weak spot…but who else in the league with very average defenders like ours has got a midfield and strike force like ours?

    We will soon see what a garbage manager Pardew really was and IMO opinion Carver will do much better than Pardew for the rest of the season.

    Reality check…Ashley now has Rangers as his no 1 concern and NUFC is in hold mode…as soon as Ashleys sweeps aside the SFA and all the other winging wannabes up in Glasgow and gains promotion with the help of our fringe players going north tonight then we’ll be sold in the summer and all will be rosy in the garden again.

    Patience is a virtue…most of us hate him because of the way he operates, but the club is set up wonderfully well to be sold to someone who has to be better than the current regime so lets enjoy the rest of the season, watch it all play out and enjoy the hope of new ownership in the summer where the optimists really can afford to be optimistic again.

    Next year will be great because we won’t be owned by Ashley

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  • Belfast

    Feb 2, 2015 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #25

    Toon kk Rangers are absolutely woeful. They need them all

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  • beermonkey

    Feb 2, 2015 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #26

    sage

    lambert would great onloan
    I would have thought if he was available percy would be straight in there

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  • toon kk

    Feb 2, 2015 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #27

    Scout
    they’re tasty those pork pies you know,

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  • Thump

    Feb 2, 2015 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #28

    The lights are off at SJP. Well done, Mashers – I’m sure getting Santon off the wage bill will help the bottom line no end.

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 2, 2015 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #29

    A Welshman, a sheep, and a dog were survivors of a terrible shipwreck. They found themselves stranded on a desert island.

    After being there a while, they got into the habit of going to the beach every evening to watch the sun go down. One particular evening, the sky was red with beautiful cirrus clouds, the breeze was warm and gentle; a perfect night for romance.

    As they sat there, the sheep started looking better and better to the Welshman. Soon, he leaned over to the sheep and put his arm around it. But the dog got jealous, growling fiercely until the Welshman took his arm from around the sheep. After that, the three of them continued to enjoy the sunsets together, but there was no more cuddling.

    A few weeks passed by, and lo and behold, there was another shipwreck. The only survivor was a beautiful young woman, the most beautiful woman the Welshman had ever seen. She was in a pretty bad way when they rescued her, and they slowly nursed her back to health. When the young maiden was well enough, they introduced her to their evening beach ritual. It was another beautiful evening: red sky, cirrus clouds, a warm and gentle breeze; perfect for a night of romance.

    Pretty soon, the Welshman started to get “those feelings” again. He fought them as long as he could, but he finally gave in and leaned over to the young woman, cautiously, and whispered in her ear…

    “could you take the dog for a walk?”

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Feb 2, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #30

    Why can’t we sign someone?? Mike Ashley open your wallet you greedy fat Cnut!

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  • Thump

    Feb 2, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #31

    @toonkk: I heard that, and according to the audio clip I heard on the BBC website, Ferreyra is thought to be going on loan… so we’re terminating his loan in order for his club to loan him to Rangers?

    Either that, or it’s a load of knob custard.

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  • sparky55

    Feb 2, 2015 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #32

    Thump

    Ashley is doing a deal to cancel our loan agreement so long as he signs for rangers straight after we cancel his existing agreement.

    All hands on deck to make sure Rangers get promoted.

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  • windsrave

    Feb 2, 2015 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #33

    so. In this month, Lee Charnley had moved out Ben arfa, Mbiwa, Santon. Given that each of them is on 50k per week on average, the club will manage to save 3.6 millions during the 6 coming months. Good job. Im surr Mike ashley will blow his * for his effort.

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  • toon kk

    Feb 2, 2015 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #34

    Windsrave
    Don’t forget the P45 compo

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  • dexter53

    Feb 2, 2015 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #35

    If you hadnt been such a johnny superstar lazy twot you wouldnt be in this mess. Serves you right.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 2, 2015 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #36

    So what do we get out of sending loan players to Rangers, I doubt very much they are paying us for the privilege. I understand that most parent clubs pick up the tab but at a better standard than Scottish league two.

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  • toon kk

    Feb 2, 2015 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #37

    MA is slowly but surely turning us into SD,
    Budget player’s, budget quality and tickets sold at a budget price.

    Luvly profit.

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  • Our Toon

    Feb 2, 2015 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #38

    Once upon a time Lambizee used to tell us that signing up player for for x amount of years means that the wages would get deducted from the transfer fund!! That’s what was spun when people asked what happened to the Carroll money. Now this window we’ve saved possibly 4m in wages and received around 9m in transfer fees….my question is will the direct saving on wages be allocated to the transfer fund?

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  • sparky55

    Feb 2, 2015 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #39

    JFA

    All for his new great ause…getting Rangers back in the top flight with SD emblazoned all over their Kit in readiness for Champions league football in 2017

    and you’re right…I doubt they’ll be paying us for the the pleasure

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  • sparky55

    Feb 2, 2015 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #40

    just look at the bright side lads…he’s selling us so not long now!

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