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FFF president dismay at Nasri

President disappointed by 'intolerable' Nasri

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Samir Nasri had already been criticised for gesturing to journalists against England© PA Photos

French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet has described Samir Nasri’s post-match insults aimed at a journalist as ‘intolerable’, following France’s exit from Euro 2012.

Nasri, 24, started a confrontation with a journalist in the mixed zone in Donetsk’s Donbass Arena, accusing him of “writing s*** stories about us”, before launching a foul-mouthed torrent of abuse at the writer.

The Manchester City midfielder, who had aimed a ‘be quiet’ gesture at French newspaper L’Equipe after scoring against England, then added: “Now you can say I am rude.”

FFF president Le Graet, who had defended Nasri over his previous indiscretion, this time expressed his dismay at the player's actions, saying: "I will ask the journalist to meet with me, but this is intolerable. I understand that there are negative reactions. Samir is on the edge, he wants to do well, but he cannot control his impulses."

Le Graet was, though, more positive on the team as a whole, stressing the positive’s of the team’s European Championship performance: "The team progresses and behaves better, frankly. There are grounds for satisfaction. Laurent Blanc has a respectable and quite pleasant balance."

France head coach Laurent Blanc later reiterated the president's criticism of Nasri on television station TF1: "Yes, it is embarrassing if it really happened. If it is true, it is a lack of respect toward the journalist. But the journalist seems to have also disrespected Nasri. There is a problem between Samir Nasri and the press.

"It is regrettable for his personal image and for that of the national team. A coach needs to deal with his players' reactions to the press, but I already told Nasri what I had to tell him and visibly the message did not go through properly."


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