Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The Shame of Hatem

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The Shame of Hatem

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I CAN'T gure the Hatem Ben Arfa situation out. I'm not a fan of Alan Pardew at all but early on the Ben Arfa/Pardew relationship there seemed to be a mutual respect. But then six games into last season this disappeared. I suppose we'll never know why. I can only speculate that Pardew blamed Ben Arfa for the Everton rst half (when Newcastle were 3-0 down at half-time) and Ben Arfa took exception to this. From then on he was doomed. I can't judge the position Pardew has taken as I don't have the facts. All I can say is it seems a shame, mostly for the fans of the club, as Ben Arfa was some player to watch when on his game.

CM Rowley NEIL SAYS: I have a feeling we are going to get a lot of HBA chat until he leaves or gets himself back into the team. There will always be some people who can't see past the guy and blame Pardew for the situation we find ourselves in, which is the Frenchman training with the reserves. …

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