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France play down Nasri gesture
Posted Thursday, June 14, 2012 by SNTV


French Football Federation President Noel Le Graet has played down Samir Nasri's celebration after his goal against England.


SOUNDBITE (French), Noel Le Graet, French Football Federation President:

"I think that Nasri played very well (against England), everybody agreed on that. He was named best player of the match by UEFA. He unlocked a complicated situation. He was probably bitter about some articles written about him, which proves that he reads them. He is a sensitive man, his reaction was inappropriate considering it was a happy moment, but it is not very important."

SOUNDBITE (French), Noel Le Graet, French Football Federation President:

"(Samir Nasri) was very brought up very well. It depends on how you want to see things, if we want to be positive and be together, we can say that Nasri is a great player, who was brought up well, his dad was not happy (with his reaction). But listen, if this is the biggest scandal in this euro, then I will be very satisfied. I hope there will not be any other problem by the end of the Euro tournament."

SOUNDBITE (French), Noel Le Graet, French Football Federation President:

"(Laurent Blanc) and I have breakfast every morning, then we have lunch and dinner together. Later on today, we will have a table football tournament, he will be defender and I forward. We have a very normal and friendly relationship, he is very well mannered and I try to be likewise."

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    The Top 3 Teams of Previous Tournaments

    Year Winners Runner-up Third place
    2008SpainGermanyRussia / Turkey
    2004GreecePortugalNetherlands / Czech Republic
    2000FranceItalyNetherlands / Portugal
    1996GermanyCzech RepublicFrance / England
    1992DenmarkGermanyNetherlands / Sweden
    1988NetherlandsSoviet UnionItaly / West Germany
    1984FranceSpainDenmark / Portugal
    1980West GermanyBelgiumCzechoslovakia
    1976CzechoslovakiaWest GermanyNetherlands
    1972West GermanySoviet UnionBelgium
    1964SpainSoviet UnionHungary
    1960Soviet UnionYugoslaviaCzechoslovakia