A Hatem Ben Arfa hashtag is trending in France today for a bizarre reason

A bizarre story surrounding PSG winger Hatem Ben Arfa has come to the fore online this afternoon, after the capital giants secured the Ligue 1 title last night.

Champions

PSG went head to head with last season’s French top-flight champions Monaco at the Parc des Princes yesterday evening, with Unai Emery’s men having showcased their absolute dominance once more with a resounding victory.

Goals from Giovani Lo Celso (2), Angel Di Maria (2), Edinson Cavani, Julian Draxler and a Radamel Falcao own goal saw PSG run out 7-1 victors, handing them the Ligue 1 title with 5 matches remaining.

 

While the majority of PSG’s fans have been busy celebrating reclaiming their domestic supremacy over the last 24 hours, others around France have been rallying behind one of the club’s forgotten stars, Hatem Ben Arfa.

Former Newcastle United star Ben Arfa has been on the books of the Parisians since the summer of 2016, following a stellar campaign with fellow Ligue 1 outfit Nice.

However, incredibly, Ben Arfa has yet to make an appearance in any competition to this point in the current campaign, with the 15-time capped French international having been completely frozen out by the club since April of last year.

According to a report from France Football, Ben Arfa’s ostracization was actually originally put in effect by PSG’s President Nasser Al-Khelaifi, after the winger made a joke which insinuated that the Qatari businessman was often difficult to get a hold of.

Al-Khelaifi is said to have vowed from that moment on that Ben Arfa would never line out for the club again, a stance which was not opposed by manager Unai Emery, with the Spanish tactician having since also insisted that he will not allow Ben Arfa to take to the pitch, after the wide-man suggested that Emery would never make it past the round of 16 in the Champions League.

Twitter movement

As such, with Ben Arfa yet to play a minute of league football to this point in the season, he will not be crowned as a champion as things stand.

This has since led to a wave of support from fans in France, who have coined the hashtag #HatemChampion in a bid to raise awareness about the situation and hope that the board and management at PSG allow Ben Arfa to take to the pitch before the end of the season to see him officially crowned a Ligue 1 champion.

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