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THE French Foot­ball League is yet to de­cide whether or not for­mer New­cas­tle play­maker Hatem Ben Arfa can sign for Nice. The 27-year-old is keen to join the Ligue 1 club as a free agent af­ter his Toon con­tract was can­celled – but could be pre­vented by FIFA rules which state a player can­not play for more than two clubs in the same sea­son. Ben Arfa’s out­ing for New­cas­tle’s Under-21 team on Au­gust 25, be­fore mov­ing on loan to Hull, was deemed an of­fi­cial match by FIFA. Nice want Ben Arfa to play against Mar­seille on Fri­day.

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