Hatem Ben-Arfa’s lawyer has accused Paris Saint-Germain of violating France’s professional football charter in its treatment of the 30-year-old outcast.
The former Les Bleus star rejected the chance to leave during the transfer window and was subsequently demoted to PSG’s reserve side, which competes in the fourth-tier Championnat National 2.
Jean-Jacques Bertrand, Ben Arfa’s lawyer, labelled the move a contravention of Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) rules which prevent clubs from denying professionally-contracted players access to certain training standards.
Bertrand intends to appeal to the LFP’s legal commission if the former Newcastle United and Nice playmaker is not restored to first-team training by Friday.
“Legally, I think the club is violating the Professional Football Charter,” Bertrand told AFP.
“I informed the club by e-mail and advised that we do not accept the situation.
“Depending on the response, we will seek action from the league’s disciplinary committee.”
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Speaking on the day of Kylian Mbappe’s unveiling, PSG boss Unai Emery responded by saying the club had informed Ben Arfa of the situation at the beginning of pre-season and that he may still be recalled to first-team training.
However, Bertrand labelled the comments “comical”.
“Half of the team are with their national teams and [other] players have been called up from the reserves to complete the group. Obviously it is not a problem of overstaffing,” Ben Arfa’s representative said.
The 15-time France international has less than 12 months remaining on his contract and was left out of PSG’s squad for the Champions League group stage.