APOLOGY ... Samir Nasri
SAMIR NASRI has apologised to French fans for his foul-mouthed rant at a journalist following the 2-0 defeat to Spain
Nasri’s angry bust-up took place after the journalist asked him for a reaction to the Euro quarter-final defeat.
The row escalated and Nasri challenged the journalist to take their argument further.
France coach Laurent Blanc and the national football federation criticised his behaviour and Nasri faces possible disciplinary action.
In response the Manchester City winger has tweeted: “The supporters, and in particular children, should know that I regret that my language may have shocked them.
“I love (the France team), football, and I have a profound respect for the spectators.”
But he did not say sorry to the reporter. He added: “I will explain further when the time comes.”
The FFF is due to meet next week to discuss Nasri’s case and will also discuss the behaviour of wingers Hatem Ben Arfa and Jeremy Menez.
Nasri, who came on as a second-half substitute against Spain, had a tense relationship with French media throughout the tournament.
After scoring the equaliser in the 1-1 draw with England in France’s opening game, Nasri ran toward the touchline in celebration and shouted “Shut your mouth” in French.
He then brought his finger to his lips to tell a journalist to shut up.
Blanc admitted the day after: “There is a problem between Nasri and the Press. That’s the truth.”
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The Top 3 Teams of Previous Tournaments
|2008||Spain||Germany||Russia / Turkey|
|2004||Greece||Portugal||Netherlands / Czech Republic|
|2000||France||Italy||Netherlands / Portugal|
|1996||Germany||Czech Republic||France / England|
|1992||Denmark||Germany||Netherlands / Sweden|
|1988||Netherlands||Soviet Union||Italy / West Germany|
|1984||France||Spain||Denmark / Portugal|
|1972||West Germany||Soviet Union||Belgium|