Monday, August 21, 2017

Blanc: Nasri´s actions ´embarrassing´

France manager Laurent Blanc has revealed he had already warned Samir Nasri about his fractious relationship with the country’s media.

The attacking midfielder launched a foul-mouthed tirade at a journalist after Saturday’s Euro 2012 exit at the hands of Spain.

Stung by some pre-tournament criticism from L’Equipe, the Manchester City man caused controversy by aiming a succession of curse words at the press box after netting against England in France’s tournament opener.

Nasri was back in the headlines on Sunday for abusing a French journalist in a heated exchange in the mixed zone in Donetsk.

“Yes, it is embarrassing if it really happened,” Blanc told TF1. “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.”

Nasri, who has 35 international caps to his name, was dropped from the starting line-up for the game against defending champions Spain due to a dispute after the loss to Sweden in Group D.

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