Hatem Ben Arfa expelled from Lille squad after altercation with coach

As reported by RMC, Lille’s 35-year-old forward Hatem Ben Arfa has been, for now, expelled from the LOSC senior squad after an altercation with coach Jocelyn Gourvennec following the weekend’s 0-0 draw with Bordeaux.

Lille defender Thiago Djalo was also involved in the incident that saw the former Hull City and Newcastle man exclaim: “We’re playing too deep here. We’re not playing like a team that’s challenging for Europe. This isn’t Guingamp!” Gourvennec has previously coached Guingamp twice.

Ben Arfa was not as training on Sunday or Monday after his behaviour was deemed inappropriate by management who have opened a disciplinary investigation into the incident. With only a few games left this season and Ben Arfa on a short term deal, he could have already played his last game for the club having only signed in January. 

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