It was HELL at Newcastle, says former Mapgies star

first_img Hatem Ben Arfa Hatem Ben Arfa says he felt humiliated at Newcastle United, describing the end of his career at the club as “hell”.The 28-year-old was banished from the first team squad at St James’ Park before sent out on loan to Hull after falling out of favour under Alan Pardew.He was allowed to leave permanently in January to join Nice but had to wait six months before making his debut for the club due to FIFA regulations. Ben Arfa, who has starred for Nice since his return to France and has been recalled to the national team squad, has now lifted the lid on his Mapgies nightmare.He told “It was a very, very difficult period. The worst of my career. It was as if my hell began at Newcastle.“There, on the first day back in August 2014, I was placed directly with the reserves. A terrible humiliation. Weeks passed and I was always with these young 16 and 17-year-olds on land away from the pros.“I did not understand. They gave me a nightmare. It was full of little cheap shots. And when I believed in me [getting out] by signing for Nice, they were forbidden to hire me (until July).” 1last_img

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