Newcastle’s Hatem Ben Arfa and Manchester City’s Samir Nasri in France bust-up

Posted by - June 21, 2012 - Euro 2012, France, Oddballs

Hatem Ben Arfa and Samir Nasri were among the players involved in an alleged bust-up in France’s dressing room following their defeat to Sweden.

Newcastle star Ben Arfa reportedly told France boss Laurent Blanc to send him home after he was substituted in the Sweden game. He angered Blanc when the team returned to the dressing room to find him chatting on the phone to his family.

The 25-year-old told Blanc he should not have been subbed because there were players “who were worse” than him. That prompted Samir Nasri to get involved in the row.

The Manchester City midfielder then fell out with Alou Diarra over the Marseille man’s comment that many players’ performances were so poor that they were “not normal”.

Chelsea’s Florent Malouda told the French media that the scene reminded him of the squad’s 2010 World Cup meltdown.

He said: “What I saw awakened some demons in me.”

Hardly the perfect preparations to take on world champions Spain in the quarter-finals. Lots of hugging and hand-holding will be needed before Saturday evening.

Image: Bonnaf

  • Alphie Izzett

    Nothing wrong with a bit of passion.
    As manager I’d be more worried if they were all happy with that display.
    This will be no walk in the park for Spain.

  • Kyle-matthews

    how wrongs this, marseille man? he plays for NUFC 

  • Anonymous

    Try again, Kyle…

    Who does Diarra play for?

  • Jay

    That part is referring to diarra I think