The story ends badly. As often, unfortunately, with Hatem Ben Arfa. LOSC has “initiated a procedure“against the attacking midfielder after his altercation in the locker room with a teammate and members of the staff last Saturday, Jocelyn Gourvennec, the Dogues coach, said on Friday.

The club has initiated proceedings which are ongoing. The president and the leaders intervened on this. The player was excused from training this week and I think the club will communicate once the procedure is advanced. After that, the legal department will manage it.“explained the northern technician in conference, without ever specifying the nature of the procedure or quoting the name of Ben Arfa. “I had never seen this in 34 years of football“, he added, however.

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For me there is no debate

A player behaved inappropriately inside the locker room. It was difficult to understand and for me maybe even more, because I had a lot of affection for this player, really. But the president (Olivier Létang, editor’s note) has a rule: we don’t touch the club, the team and the coach“, he continued. “From my position as coach, trainer, it is impossible to miss something that can alter the unity of the team, the group, the locker room. For me there is no debate, because there is nothing and no one above LOSC“, concluded Gourvennec, specifying that “the player was excused from training this week“.

Ben Arfa counterattacks on social networks

After the disappointing draw against Bordeaux (0-0) on Saturday at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Hatem Ben Arfa would have had an altercation in the locker room with the Portuguese defender Tiago Djalo according to Téléfoot. The midfielder would then have verbally attacked Jorge Maciel, the assistant coach, and especially Gourvennec towards whom he would have had very harsh words. Ben Arfa (35), who had been free since leaving Bordeaux last summer, signed up with Losc at the end of January until the end of the season. The former player of Lyon, Marseille, Rennes and Paris SG, has delivered only one assist in the seven games he has played since his arrival in the North.

In the course of the afternoon, Ben Arfa counter-attacked and took out the sulfateuse. On his Instagram account, he published his response in a story, addressing Gourvennec without ever naming him: “Are you talking about twisted? While you and your president are the most twisted. Your problem is incompetence #allezlelosc We’re not playing relegation.” The cloth burns and it’s a safe bet that the story between the two parties has (already) ended. With a crash, as often.

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