Hatem Ben Arfa facing possible SUSPENSION by Lille after being accused of ‘inappropriate behaviour’ by coach Jocelyn Gourvennec following a post-match incident
- Hatem Ben Arfa’s future is seriously in doubt due to a feud with the Lille coach
- Jocelyn Gourvennec accused Ben Arfa of “inappropriate behavior”
- He initially did not name Ben Arfa but the player was identified by L’Equipe
- The former Newcastle striker responded by calling the manager ‘crooked’
Hatem Ben Arfa’s future at Lille has appeared in doubt after he said the coach and club president were “twisted” following a post-match incident last weekend.
The Mercurial striker, who is at Lille on a six-month contract, displayed “inappropriate behaviour”, according to coach Jocelyn Gourvennec, after a 0-0 draw with Girondins de Bordeaux last Saturday.
Reports in France claim that Ben Arfa could be suspended or have his contract with the Ligue 1 club terminated following the incident.
Hatem Ben Arfa’s future at Lille is seriously in doubt following a row with his coach
Lille boss Jocelyn Gourvennec has accused Ben Arfa of ‘inappropriate behaviour’
The France international has been ordered to attend a meeting with Gourvennec to discuss his future, RMC Sport report.
“A player behaved inappropriately in the dressing room right after the match. It was difficult for me to understand because I have a lot of affection for this player,” Gourvennec told a press conference. friday.
“The president has a rule: we don’t touch the club, the team, the coach. From my position as a coach, it is obvious that it was impossible to miss something that could alter the unity of the team, the group, the locker room.
‘Based on this, the club have initiated proceedings, which are ongoing… Twisted things can happen. That’s no reason to be twisted.
Gourvennec did not name the player involved, but he was identified by French sports daily L’Equipe as former France international Ben Arfa, who later reacted on Instagram.
L’Equipe reported that the incident happened to the way French champions Lille were playing.
Ben Arfa signed a six-month contract with the reigning Ligue 1 champions in January
“Are you talking about twisted? When you and your president are the most twisted. Your problem is #allezlelosc incompetence,” wrote Ben Arfa.
Ben Arfa joined reigning Ligue 1 champions Lille on a short-term deal in January.
The 35-year-old, capped 15 times by France, previously played for clubs like Bordeaux, Paris Saint-Germain, Marseille and Newcastle.
His career has been blighted by controversy and claims he lacks the discipline required to play at the highest level.
Lille could not be reached for comment.