Former Liverpool midfielder Momo Sissoko backs ex-Newcastle United player and football exile Hatem Ben Arfa

Mohamed Sissoko

The Malian is backing Ben Arfa to get back into football.

In January Hatem Ben Arfa departed Newcastle United on a free transfer after falling down the pecking order at St James Park.

He was all set to agree a move to Ligue 1 side Nice the next day, but that deal fell 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.

The French international had 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.

But the move to Nice has not been ratified and he has to wait until the new season to get a return to the game.

But Ben Arfa has now been offered some backing from a former Liverpool player.

Momo Sissoko played for Liverpool between 2008 and 2011 before being snapped up by Juventus.

The Malian, who now plays for Levante in Spain, Tweeted this message of support for Ben Arfa yesterday - translated as... 'with Hatem Ben Arfa, courage brother, lose not! The struggle continues!'

Hopefully Ben Arfa will soon be back playing football again ... once FIFA see some sense.

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