Trouble for Samir Nasri

Date: 25th June 2012 at 3:43 pm
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Manchester City’s Samir Nasri has been criticised following his bust-up with a French journalist on Saturday night.

After France’s elimination from Euro 2012 at the hands of Spain, the attacking midfielder was involved in a spat with a journalist who criticised his performance.

The playmaker’s international future now hangs in the balance, and Laurent Blanc has questioned Nasri’s behaviour.

“I did talk to Nasri about his conduct with the press, but evidently the message didn’t get through. It is not very good for Nasri’s image and neither is it for the team’s,” Blanc admitted according to The Telegraph.

“There is, above all, a problem between Nasri and the French media. It is regrettable, but the real problem is with the press.

“The reality is in the words expressed – they are very violent statements. There is a lack of respect there with a journalist, but the journalist doesn’t show a lot of respect either,” he revealed.

French Football Federation president Noel le Graet also slated Nasri for the incident, and has vowed to try and mend the strained relationship between Les Bleus and the press in the nation.

“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.”

Nasri celebrated his goal against England by put his finger over his mouth in a silence symbol, targeting journalists that had criticised him and the team ahead of the tournament.

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