• Euro 2012

FFF president shock at Nasri outburst

ESPN staff
June 24, 2012
Samir Nasri had already been criticised for gesturing to journalists against England © Getty Images

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."

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