Fired and summoned by LOSC, Hatem Ben Arfa is experiencing a new tarnished episode in his career. It’s not the first time this has happened to the playmaker, who has struggled almost everywhere he’s been.
It is the drop of water that makes the vase overflow. After his clash with Jocelyn Gourvennec, Hatem Ben Arfa was dismissed by the LOSC and will be summoned for a preliminary interview. This Friday after Jocelyn Gourvennec’s press conference, HBA has returned to pay its coach but also its president, Olivier Létang in an Instagram story.
“Are you talking about twisted? While you and your president are the most twisted. You, your problem is incompetence,” wrote the former Parisian. Long before this episode, the 35-year-old has seen a lot of bloodshed since the start of his career.
A tumultuous adolescence
The confusion ran through the web and was one of the highlights of the documentary “A la Clairefontaine”: Abou Diaby and Hatem Ben Arfa wandering the halls and then into Jacques Faty’s room for a story of a lost card (acting as a key to his room), with the famous “son of a b…” dropped by the current player of the psg against the former Arsenal and OM player. A legendary moment explained by Diaby in Transversal programin 2017. “It’s a shame because I like it, it didn’t work for us. It brought back a bad image, but Hatem and I were extremely close.”
The fight with Squillaci
During the 2007-2008 season, while OL was fighting for its seventh French champion title in a row, Hatem Ben Arfa attacked Sébastien Squillaci, who had just taken a small point from the young prodigy.
“I had had a bit of rough contact with him. He had taken it badly and had had some pretty harsh words. After training, he had gotten hot. If we had come to blows? Yes,” Squillaci said in the team columns. If both men have given up, they mostly went elsewhere when they left the Rhône the following summer.
Sulk and clash with Deschamps in Marseille
HBA’s Marseillaise adventure is also on edge. During an OM-PSG matchup, he refused to go into the break, upset that he hadn’t been set up by Eric Gerets.
The following year, the coach changed but concerns remained. After a lively discussion with didier deschamps, the cowardly winger “you’re breaking my balls” to the current Blues manager during training. The then president, Jean-Claude Dassier, has also received the player on several occasions in his office.
Phone call in the locker room.
Even in the France team, Hatem Ben Arfa is getting into trouble. After the defeat against Sweden in Euro 2012 he uses his phone in the middle of the locker room. Despite warnings from Laurent Blanc, he criticized the coach’s choices, which had freed him in the 59th minute, adding that there was “no one but him” on the pitch.
Terrible relations in Newcastle
Author of good beginnings in England, Hatem Ben Arfa is confused with Alan Pardew in 2014. The latter no longer has him and sends him on loan to Hull. In live chronicle, the former Magpies manager explained that Hatem “Ben Arfa had become unmanageable” at Newcastle. “As a manager, you have different types of mavericks. Some you can lose. Sometimes he is beyond you and he becomes problematic.”
Lost legal battle against PSG
After a generally successful adventure in Nice, Ben Arfa finds a seat on the PSG bench. The situation does not please the former Lyonnais, who touches two words to Nasser Al-Khelaïfi in front of the Emir of Qatar. Locked up until the end of his contract in June 2018, the LOSC player believes he is the victim of a covert fine. If he demands 7.7 million euros from the capital club, he will not get anything after a step against the Prud’hommes.