Samir Nasri turns air 'bleu' after France lose to Spain
Former Arsenal star gives reporter short shrift in foul-mouthed tirade after 2-0 defeat
SAMIR NASRI confirmed his burgeoning reputation as the brat of European Football following France’s spineless defeat to Spain on Saturday night. The reigning world and European champions eased past the uninterested French 2-0 in Donetsk thanks to a brace from Xabi Alonso, but the real drama unfolded afterwards in the Donbass Arena.
As Nasri wandered through the stadium’s media area, a reporter from AFP asked him for his reaction to the defeat. The former Arsenal star declined, muttering only: “You’re always looking to write about shit.” Taken aback by the response, the French reporter allegedly told Nasri that in that case he could “sod off”.
That was too much for Nasri, who did little in the way of inspiring France in his brief appearance as a substitute against Spain, reports TV channel TF1. “Come on, we can settle this over there,” he told the reporter, before launching into an astonishing tirade.
“F**k you, go f**k your mother, son of a bitch,” yelled the 24-year-old Nasri, before adding: “There, now you can say that I’ve been badly brought up.”
It’s not the first time in Euro 2012 that Nasri’s mouth has got the better of him. In scoring for France against England in the opening game of pool D, Nasri celebrated by putting a finger to his lips and screaming "ferme ta gueule" [shut your mouth] at a camera. Apparently that was a reaction to a critical article written by French sports paper L’Equipe.
What makes Nasri’s behaviour all the more childish is that neither he nor his team-mates have done much to enhance their reputation at these championships. Having gone into Euro 2012 unbeaten in 21 games, Les Bleus managed a win against the Ukraine, a draw against England and defeats to Sweden and now Spain.
Following Monday’s 2-0 loss to Sweden there were reports of changing room bust-ups and the French can expect to return home – as they did after the 2010 World Cup – to a hostile reception from their long suffering public.
In Saturday’s quarter-final the French never managed to put the Spanish under any sustained pressure. Once Alonso had headed the reigning champions into the lead on 19 minutes Spain went on cruise control in a match that failed to live up to its billing.
Alonso made it 2-0 from the penalty spot on 90 minutes to set up a semi-final clash against Portugal on Wednesday.
"Against Spain, it's hard, it’s very difficult to create danger for them,” French coach Laurent Blance said later. "I think the boys gave their all."
Nasri certainly gave it his all, though not on the pitch.