Ligue 1 side OGC Nice have released a statement in which they suggest that the decision on whether Hatem Ben Arfa’s transfer is eligible has yet to be made. Nice confirmed earlier reports that the French Football Federation received a letter from FIFA which stated that Ben Arfa had played an official match with Newcastle, and therefore that his move to Nice would be void.
However, OGC Nice claim that the final decision is ‘up to the French authorities,’ and not FIFA themselves, and that the final decision has yet to be made. Nice also express their distaste in FIFA’s ruling that Ben Arfa had played a match for Newcastle, pointing out that the FA themselves had ruled that he had not. What is certain is that the situation surrounding Ben Arfa is very unclear at the moment, and there will undoubtedly be more to follow in the coming hours.