Pardew backs Ben Arfa to shine

Newcastle boss tells winger to go out and prove his critics wrong

Hatem Ben Arfa: The Newcastle man could only look on and watch as France crashed out of Euro 2012

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Alan Pardew has challenged midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa to play his way back into the France side by taking the Premier League by storm with Newcastle this season.

The 25-year-old was one of four players who were subjects of disciplinary hearings following squabbles within the France squad at Euro 2012.

Samir Nasri, Yann M'Vila and Jeremy Menez joined him in the dock for various offences after crashing out to eventual winners Spain.

Nasri was sanctioned for directing a string of post-match foul-mouthed insults at a journalist while Menez was quizzed over a spat with captain Hugo Lloris and insulting referee Nicola Rizzoli after the game and both received three-match bans.

M'Vila was asked to explain his refusal to shake the hands of substitute Olivier Giroud and manager Laurent Blanc when he was replaced against Spain and escaped with a warning over his future conduct.

Ben Arfa, who also received a warning, was not even picked for the Spain game after his bust-up with Blanc in the changing rooms at the end of the 2-0 defeat to Sweden and was left kicking his heels on the bench as his country limped out of the competition.


Blanc has now left the France set-up as his contract has ended, but that does not mean the door is now open for the Newcastle man.

The French FA has replaced Blanc with Didier Deschamps - the coach he had a bust-up with which led to him swapping Marseille for Newcastle.

But Pardew insists Ban Arfa is in good spirits and wants him to make himself a first choice for his country again with a string of match winning displays for Newcastle.

"He's been very smiley still," Pardew told the Chronicle. "These things can happen at international level.

"I don't think Hatem was too impressed with the experience he had there. Good - now show them how good you are with Newcastle."