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 that ''supporters and in particular children should know that I regret that my language may have shocked them.''

He did not apologize to the reporter.