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Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery set to ignore Hatem Ben Arfa medal campaign

Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery set to ignore Hatem Ben Arfa medal campaign
From ESPN - April 17, 2018

PARIS -- Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery has indicated that Hatem Ben Arfa will not play for the club again this season despite calls for him to do so in order to be eligible for a Ligue 1 winners' medal.

Ben Arfa, 31, has not been used all season and has dropped out of the France national team picture.

The former Newcastle player has inspired the #HatemChampion Twitter movement to get him a medal and needs to play only one minute of the final five Ligue 1 matches to be given one.

But speaking at a news conference ahead of Wednesday's Coupe de France semifinal at Caen, Emery suggested that would not happen.

"Hatem has known the situation since the start of the season and was reminded about it during the transfer windows," he said.

"He decided to stay with us for the rest of the campaign and we must respect that. However, in the end it is me who makes the decisions and I pick, as well as play, the players that I believe are best.

"Am I sad for him? There are 14 players who can play in each match -- that is football.

"With the club there has been clear communication with him about his role, and he must respect that decision."

Ben Arfa's agent Michel Ouazine told 20 Minutes: "There is no player who has trained with his teammates all season but not yet worn the shirt at least once.

"I would be surprised [if Ben Arfa was played], but I can dream -- even if I believe more in Father Christmas than in this happening.

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