Ben Arfa unavailable for Nice selection until next season

first_img1 Hatem Ben Arfa trains with Nice Former Newcastle forward Hatem Ben Arfa is unable to play for Nice until next season, the French Football League has announced.The 27-year-old has featured in the Premier League for Hull City and his involvement in an under-21 fixture for the Magpies earlier in the season has been deemed as a competitive fixture, meaning the Frenchman has appeared for two clubs this season.FIFA regulations state that “players may be registered with a maximum of three clubs during one season. During this period, the player is only eligible to play official matches for two clubs.”The ruling means that Ben Arfa, who joined the Ligue One outfit in January, will have to wait several months for his debut, although he is allowed to train with the club.A statement on the LFP’s official website said: “Following the request made by the FFF [French Football Federation] and LFP, the Single Judge of the Players’ Status Committee of FIFA has communicated this Friday, January 30 decision.“He felt that the matches played in England as part of the ‘U21 Professional Development League’ should be considered as official matches within the meaning of Article 5-3 of the Regulations for the Status and Transfer of Players of FIFA.“Pursuant to this decision, the Legal Committee of the LFP, which met in emergency session this afternoon, has no choice but to prohibit Hatem Ben Arfa to participate in official meetings with the OGC Nice until the end of this season.“However, pursuant to section 5-3 of the FIFA Rules and Regulations LFP 212 under which ‘a player may be registered with three successive clubs but can not play official matches for two clubs’, the Legal Committee are able to proceed with the registration of Hatem Ben Arfa contract with OGC Nice as desired by the parties. The player will be able to train with OGC Nice in secure legal conditions.”last_img read more