PARIS: Samir Nasri has tweeted grudging apology for his immature and disruptive behaviour at Euro 2012 which revived the spectre of France’s chaotic retreat from the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
The Manchester City midfielder was ticked off by coach Laurent Blanc after a gesture aimed at the media following his opening-game goal against England and then indulged himself in an abusive exchange with a reporter seeking his opinion after the quarter-final defeat by Spain.
Nasri came in for criticism from Blanc, from federation president Noel Le Graet and from Sports Minister Valerie Fourneyron. He faces disciplinary action amid speculation that he could be suspended from the national team for up to two years.
On his Twitter account, Nasri posted: “Too many non-truths are circulating at the moment. To the fans, and particularly children, I regret sincerely the upset that my words caused. I love the French team, football and I have great respect for the public.
“As for the rest, that’s a personal matter between myself and some journalists. I will explain at greater length at a more appropriate time.”
Nasri was dropped from the starting line-up from the Spain game only to appear as a second-half substitute.
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