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Thu Apr 24 01:39:44 SAST 2014

Nasri vents spleen at journalist

Sapa-AFP | 12 June, 2012 10:240 Comments
France v England - Group D: UEFA EURO 2012
Samir Nasri of France celebrates scoring a goal during the Euro 2012 group D match between France and England at Donbass Arena on June 11, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine
Image by: Scott Heavey / Getty Images

France midfielder Samir Nasri revealed his angry reaction to scoring the equaliser in his side’s come from behind 1-1 draw with England in their Euro 2012 Group D opener was aimed at a journalist from L’Equipe.

The Manchester City midfielder wheeled round after scoring his 39th minute equaliser and ran towards the touchline first putting his finger to his lips then withdrawing it screaming ’Shut your face!’ 

Speculation over who he was aiming his vitriol at quickly began to spread on Twitter — with potential candidates said to include the media and members of the England coaching staff.

However, Nasri put the speculation to rest afterwards.

“I told him it was for him (the L’Equipe journalist),” said Nasri, who revealed that the journalist had posed him the same question.

He told French broadcaster TF1 that his mother, who has been ill in recent months, had been upset at the criticism of him.

Occasionally criticised by France coach Laurent Blanc for his failure to exert more of an influence in the national team, Nasri was a constant menace in Monday’s game and was named the official man of the match.

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