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Nice hope FA standpoint can boost their bid to sign HBA.

NICE have shared a new Football Association statement supporting their case to be allowed to register recent signing Hatem Ben Arfa.

The 27-year-old, capped 13 times by France, is yet to feature for Les Aiglons due to article 5.3 of FIFAiglons FIF 'sA's A transfer regulations which prevents players representing three clubs in the same season.

Ben Arfa spent time on loan at Hull this season and also appeared for Newcastle's under-21 team, a match FIFAFIF indicated last week 'A indicated last week 'must be considered as official' and 'must be taken into consideration in determining the application of article 5.3'.

That is in opposition to the view of the English Football Association and Nice have called for a quick resolution after receiving written confirmation from the FA mation F that:"A that: "We do not do not W consider under-21 games to be offi-cial matches."

A Nice statement read: "A" ssome people are having trouble interpreting the English federation's first letter sent at the start of January, OGC Nice appreciate the FAF has written A has written another letter on Wednesday to disto disW -pel any ambiguity.

"It is perfectly explicit. Crucially, you can read therein the following phrase: 'We do not consider under-21 games to be official matches.'.

"This confirmation leaves no doubt as to its interpretation, especially as the English federation has taken care to reinforce this position in its letter.

"We hope with this clarification the relevant bodies can now announce their decision without hesitation."

Andre Soulier, president of the French league's legal commission, asked the French Football Federation on Tuesday to obtain a "clear and firm" position from FIFA.

GRASSROOTS: Pages 42-45


Hatem Ben Arfa in action for Newcastle Reserves against Reading

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 24, 2015
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