Samir Nasri facing two-year ban from playing for France after foul-mouthed rant at Euro 2012
MANCHESTER City and France midfielder faces a two-year ban from international football following a foul-mouthed confrontation with a reporter after his side's elimination from Euro 2012 on Saturday.
The 25-year-old, who played a central role for France in the early stages of the tournament and scored the equaliser in a 1-1 draw against England, told a reporter to "you are looking for s***, you are looking for trouble" when approached for a quote after the defeat to Spain in Donbass.
When the journalist in question told Nasri to "get lost" the midfielder continued the abusive rant and said "f*** you" before inviting him outside for a man-to-man conversation.
Now, according to reports in L'Equipe, French football executives are considering making an example out of Nasri and hitting him with a long-term that could rule him out of the 2014 World Cup.
Following the incident, FFF president Noel le Graet described Nasri's behaviour as "intolerable" before revealing that he plans to meet with the aforementioned reporter.
"I understand that there are negative reactions," he told French radio station RMC. "Samir is on the edge, he wants to do well, but he cannot control his impulses.
"I will ask the journalist to meet with me, but this is intolerable."
France's elimination will no doubt increase speculation over the future of coach Laurent Blanc, who has overseen an upturn in fortunes since replacing Raymond Domenech following the farcical World Cup campaign two years ago.
Blanc, who has been linked with the managerial vacancy at Tottenham, had wanted his France contract extended before the European Championship but for now Le Graet had no news on whether the former Manchester United defender will remain in the role.
"I saw Laurent last night," Le Graet added. "We promised not to talk about this during the Euros. We will meet soon to discuss the future. We must give it a week to take stock at leisure. We will meet within eight days and we will have a position, I imagine, in common.
"As a man, Laurent is completely respectable and pleasant. We must talk about football, his desire and his career. We must see how he sees things and how I see them."
Assessing France's overall Euro 2012 campaign, Le Graet took heart from the Group D victory over Ukraine - their first in the finals of a major tournament in six years - but accepted they had some way to go yet before they would be considered a force again.
"This has been an acceptable European Championship," he said. "Qualifying was anguish, but we achieved it despite the performance against Sweden [2-0 defeat] - a pitiful game for the national team. We did not help yesterday. This is an acceptable Euro, but no more.
"The Spanish were better, with a collective level higher than ours. Nevertheless, there was nothing to be ashamed of. Spain did not create many opportunities, but we did not perform very well in attack.
"The opponents were too strong for a France team that has progressed, but is not yet at their level.
"We have made progress. We are 16th in the FIFA rankings and we ended up in the last eight of the European Championship. That was our goal, and it was realised.
"But to imagine that our team is the best... it's not a good analysis. Our current staff cannot be champions of Europe. I wish to go further but we must be realistic.
"There are gaps. There have been real developments but the road is still long to become a team that others fear."