FA step in to help former Newcastle United winger Hatem Ben Arfa complete protracted Nice deal

Ben Arfa is currently a free agent after mutually terminating his deal at St James Park.

This month saw Hatem Ben Arfa depart Newcastle United on a free transfer. He was all set to agree a move to Ligue 1 side Nice, but that deal has fallen through. FIFA have ruled that Ben Arfa has already played for two teams this season, as he played during a loan spell at Hull City and in an under-21 game for Newcastle United, which was deemed as official by the football organisation. Players are not allowed to play for three teams in one season.

Now Nice have moved to ask the FA for help in their bid to sign Ben Arfa. As reported by ESPN Nice have confirmed that the FA have stated:

"We do not consider U21 games to be official matches.''

That would seemingly clear him to finally complete his Nice move.

Ben Arfa joined Nice on a free transfer earlier in the month after cancelling his contract with Newcastle United by mutual consent. The French international struggled on a loan spell at Hull this term and was desperate for a return to French football.

In fact, he told the media at the time of his move, as quoted by The Chronicle, that he would have turned down Real Madrid for Nice - not that Los Merengues were knocking at his door.

Hopefully FIFA see sense, for once, and allow Ben Arfa to get his career back on track in the south of France.

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