PARIS (AP) – Samir Nasri has apologized to supporters of the France team for the expletive-laced rant he aimed at a journalist following the 2-0 defeat to Spain in the European Championship quarterfinals.
Nasri was walking through the interview area when the heated exchange took place after the journalist asked him for a reaction to the loss.
Reports said the dispute escalated and Nasri challenged the journalist to take their argument further.
France coach Laurent Blanc and the national football federation criticized Nasri's behavior, and he faces possible disciplinary action.
Nasri wrote on his Twitter page Wednesday. "Too many untruths circulating at the moment. The fans and especially the children know that I sincerely regret that my words may have been a shock.
"I love the France team, football, and I have deep respect for the public. Otherwise, this is a personal matter between me and a few journalists. I will
explain when the time comes."
He did not apologize to the reporter.