For his only major competition with the France team, Hatem Ben Ara lived up to his reputation.
Called for the first time in the France team in the fall of 2007, Hatem Ben Arfa had to wait for Euro 2012 to participate in a major tournament. If he was part of the extended group for Euro 2018, he had not been retained in the final list. And it was the same for the 2010 World Cup. Present among the 30 pre-selected players, he had not been retained in the final list by Raymond Domenech. But the situation changes with Laurent Blanc, who gives the 87 generation a chance by selecting Karim Benzema, Samir Nasri, Jérémy Menez and Hatem Ben Arfa for Euro 2012.
A minor role for Ben Arfa
The former OL player must nevertheless be content with a minor role. He came into play for a few minutes during the first match against England, he remained on the bench for the whole match during the success won against Ukraine (2-0). The French coach nevertheless decides to rotate for the last match of the group stage against Sweden and Hatem Ben Arfa takes the opportunity to start the meeting.
Replaced at game time
A one-goal loss is enough for the Blues to clinch their ticket to the quarter-finals. In the end, the French team lost 2-0 but England’s victory against Ukraine (1-0) allowed Laurent Blanc’s men to validate their qualification. The performance of the Blues was nonetheless very insufficient and Hatem Ben Arfa was replaced before the hour mark by Florent Malouda. A choice that the Newcastle player hardly tastes.
The phone call that doesn’t go through
At the end of the meeting, the native of Clamart completely disinterested in the debriefing of Laurent Blanc. To the point of answering a phone call during the coach’s chat, attracting a remark from the Cévennes. But rather than keeping a low profile, the former Lyonnais criticizes him for his tactical choices and in particular his replacement when there was “lesser than him” in the field. And Hatem Ben Arfa to conclude his remarks by proposing to his coach to dismiss him.
Before the Disciplinary Committee
The president of the FFF, Noël Le Graët nevertheless seeks to minimize the incident. “When I went down to the locker room, it was already over. The nervousness lasted five minutes, he assured. Hatem Ben Arfa will nevertheless count, at the end of the Euro, among the players summoned by the FFF disciplinary committee for behavioral problems, the committee finally sending him a simple ” recall the order “.
A year later, Hatem Ben Arfa was also keeping a low profile. “VSit’s true that I messed uphe explained in France Arfa. When Laurent Blanc took me back for this phone call received in the locker room, instead of keeping quiet, I answered him, I shouldn’t have. »