Nasri gets mixed reaction to celebration

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Samir Nasri’s celebration following his goal against England has been defended by the French Football Federation (FFF), but condemned by his father.

The Manchester City midfielder scored the equaliser in the Euro 2012 Group D opener in Donetsk, an accurate strike from the edge of the box inside the near post, then ran towards the French press area with his finger over his lips and aimed some aggressive gestures at the watching journalists.

Nasri explained after the game that the outburst was in response to criticism of his form by the football press in France, claiming it had upset him and his family.

However, the incident did not seem to worry FFF president Noel Le Graet, who felt the expletive littered outburst cause overreaction in the aftermath of the game.

“I have the impression it was blown out of proportion," he told French 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 he had something on his mind and now we should move on.”

It did not end there, however, and Nasri did receive some public criticism, but he may not have expected it to come from his father Abdelhamid.

Nasri senior felt that his son should have been mindful of the people watching in the crowd and at home, especially younger viewers.

“I’ve explained to Samir that it wasn’t the best way to respond. I don’t give my backing to mood swings like that,” he said.

“He shouldn’t have made this gesture because people, including children, are watching and because the whole country was behind him.

“Samir was tactless towards journalists, because he has been through difficult times.”

Nasri will be hoping to put the incident behind him as Les Blues’ next fixture is against group leaders and co-hosts Ukraine on Friday.

Two Andriy Shevchenko goals were the difference in Ukraine’s 2-1 win over Sweden in the other opening Group D game and it has buoyed the home crowd.

France need a win if they are to fulfil their billing as group favourites and finish top.

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