Nasri sorry for foul-mouthed rant
France midfielder Samir Nasri on Tuesday issued an apology for insulting a journalist after his team were knocked out of the Euro 2012 quarterfinals by Spain last Saturday.
"Too many untruths circulate at the moment. May the fans, and the children in particular, know that I regret sincerely that my words may have shocked," he said on his Twitter feed.
Nasri, who was a second-half substitute in France's 2-0 defeat by world and European champions Spain, passed waiting reporters without saying a word after the match.
Asked by one journalist for a quote, he answered: "You are looking for shit, you are looking for trouble."
The reporter replied: "Get lost, then, if you have nothing to say."
Nasri turned back and said "fuck you" followed by a stream of further abuse, inviting the reporter to have a conversation with him man-to-man.
"I love the France team, I love football and I have deep respect for the fans. For the rest, it's a personal matter between me and some journalists. I will explain myself in due time," Nasri added.