Ben Arfa as we know was not allowed to play for Nice this season, because he had already played for two clubs this season – 9 games for Hull City and one single game for the Newcastle U21 side, which FIFA said was an official game, as far as they were concerned.
Remie Streete – in action in pre-season at Sheffield Wednesday
Remie’s case seems the same as Ben Arfa’s
And while Nice appealed that decision and even had backing from the English FA – who said they didn’t consider U21 games in England to be official games – FIFA still dismissed the appeal and Ben Arfa announced today he had left Nice.
Remie Street as far as we can see, is in the exact same predicament as the Frenchman, and he’s played three games on loan at Port Vale this season, and a number of games for the Newcastle U21 side – certainly more than one.
The Scottish FA like the English FA consider only first team games as official games so as far as we can see – Ben Arfa’s case and Remie Streete’s case are exactly the same.
We are almost certain the Remie Streete loan move will be invalidated by FIFA, and while a player is allowed to register for three clubs in a season, he can only play for two clubs – so Remie could technically register for Rangers FC but not play for their first team this season – but what good is that?
This is what the 20 year-old has said about the loan move:
“It’s all signed from my end.” “I think different federations in different countries have different rules. I know France stopped the Ben Arfa one but from what I’ve read on the internet and been told from my agent the Scottish FA have allowed me to make the transfer. So hopefully it should be fine.”
But the French Football Federation didn’t stop the Ben Arfa loan move – FIFA did – and it would be strange if they don’t step in and stop this one.
Let’s put it this way – if Remie’s loan is allowed then Ben Arfa and Nice would have a strong appeal to FIFA to overturn the ruling that was made against them.
There’s also another case in January that we have just heard about – Chelsea’s 20 year-old midfielder/defender Nathaniel Chalobah played for Chelsea’s U-21 side this season and also four games for the Burnley first team – and therefore a January move to Bordeaux fell through, when it was ruled that he had already played for two clubs.
You would have expected that Newcastle would have approached FIFA and been given the OK on Streete’s loan before the loan was agreed to, and before the transfer window closed last night.
We hope that’s what they did, but if they didn’t then it’s another case of Newcastle not thinking things through thoroughly enough.
Let’s hope the deal stays put, but if it’s disallowed, in retrospect we could have sent 21 year-old Australian International center-back Curtis Goode on loan to Rangers yesterday.
And just like we kept Curtis at the club for cover, we could have kept Remie Streete at Newcastle – since we only have two experienced center-backs in Fab Coloccini and Mike Williamson available for the rest of the season. 🙁
More poor planning be Newcastle.
If it gets overturned and Remie is not allowed to play on loan for Rangers, we could even send him back to Port Vale on loan, and have a clause in there that Newcastle could recall him if Colo or Willo were injured before the end of the season.
We hope the deal is OK for the sake of both Remie and Rangers FC – since the lad is a terrific up-and coming center-back – but we cannot see why it would be OK with there being two precedents already over the last month.
In legal circles precedents are always key.
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