HATEM Ben Arfa is facing a spell in the international wilderness after Didier Deschamps was appointed France coach.
Deschamps succeeds Laurent Blanc in the post after the country’s disappointing Euro 2012 campaign.
And the appointment doesn’t bode well for Newcastle United forward Ben Arfa, who faces disciplinary action from France’s football federation after clashing with Blanc during the tournament.
A deterioration in Ben Arfa’s relationship with Deschamps during his time at Olympique Marseille led to his move to St James’s Park.
Ben Arfa went on strike to force a move to Newcastle two years ago, launching an outspoken attack on Deschamps and the club in which he accused them of treating him like a “sack of dirty washing.”
“When (Deschamps) talks to me, I always have the feeling that there is something else going on inside his head,” said Ben Arfa at the time. “The coach can say what he wants, it’s over.”
And Deschamps seems certain to wreak his revenge after taking over Les Bleus, notwithstanding any fine or suspension handed to the 25-year-old by the FFF, who have also opened disciplinary proceedings against Samir Nasri, Yann M’Vila and Jeremy Menez.
Ben Arfa had worked hard to force his way back into the international fold last season.
In the latter months of the campaign, Ben Arfa’s form for United caught the eye of Blanc, who had previously overlooked him.
However, Ben Arfa made just one start – against Sweden – and he was reportedly involved in a dressing room altercation after the game, France’s final group fixture.