Left in Limbo: FIFA block move for Hatem Ben Arfa

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Former Newcastle United winger, Hatem Ben Arfa has been left in a state of limbo by FIFA after they blocked the Frenchman’s move to Nice, reports from BBC Sport can confirm.

The 27-year-old had agreed to join the French club on an 18-month-contract after seeing his contract with Newcastle terminated by mutual consent. Ben Arfa was previously on loan at Hull City this season, but struggled to win over boss, Steve Bruce.

The world governing body’s transfer rules prevent a player from appearing for more than two clubs in one season. The midfielder played eight games for Hull and one for Newcastle’s under-21s earlier this season, with Fifa ruling the latter to be an official match.

Article 5.3 of Fifa’s regulations on the status and transfer of players, states: “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.”

This leaves Ben Arfa in a state of limbo. A conundrum whereby the Frenchman cannot officially play for his new club, despite agreeing to join them.

Moral of the story – read up on the FIFA regulations…