French Football Federation president defends Nasri over foul-mouthed goal celebration against England

The Manchester City midfielder, incensed by L'Equipe's criticism of him in the run-up to Euro 2012, aimed some choice words in the direction of the press box in Donetsk
French Football Federation (FFF) president Noel Le Graet has defended Samir Nasri over his foul-mouthed outburst after netting against England on Monday, arguing the incident has been blown out of proportion.

The Manchester City midfielder came in for some heavy criticism from L'Equipe in the build-up to Euro 2012 and after scoring France's equaliser in Donetsk, he ran towards the touchline, shouting expletives in the direction of the press box.

Nasri's actions, and subsequent comments on the matter, provoked some controversy but Le Graet believes that it is much ado about nothing.

"I have the impression it was blown out of proportion," the FFF chief told reporters. "Personally, I think he had a very good game and you sports journalists all agreed. He was even named man of the match by Uefa.

"He unlocked a difficult situation. Maybe he had some resentment after a few of your articles. It shows that he reads them and it shows that he's a very sensitive person.

"His reaction in a moment of joy was maybe not the right one, but it doesn't really matter and now the headlines will focus on something else.

"Yesterday, I congratulated him. I was very happy because I know that he wanted to do well, just like all the others.

"But he had something on his mind and now we should move on."

Up next for France is a meeting with co-hosts Ukraine on Friday.