France hands Nasri three-match ban

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iol spt july27 Nasri Getty Images Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri was handed a three-match ban from the French national team following an investigation into his behaviour during Euro 2012.

Paris – Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri was handed a three-match ban from the French national team on Friday following a French Football Federation investigation into his behaviour during Euro 2012.

Nasri was punished for shouting "Shut your mouth" to television cameras following his goal in the 1-1 group-stage draw with England in a tirade he later said was aimed at a journalist who wrote a critical article.

He then directed a string of foul-mouthed insults at a journalist after the quarterfinal defeat to Spain in Donetsk.

Jeremy Menez, of Paris Saint-Germain, was given a one-match international ban following a spat with captain Hugo Lloris in the game against Spain and for insulting the referee after the same match.

In addition, Newcastle United's Hatem Ben Arfa and Yann M'Vila, of Rennes, were both issued with warnings.

Ben Arfa – whose father and agent came to blows outside the FFF headquarters on Friday morning – had been called before the disciplinary committee to explain an altercation with then-coach Laurent Blanc in the changing rooms after the 2-0 defeat to Sweden.

M'Vila had been asked to explain his refusal to shake substitute Olivier Giroud and Blanc's hands when he was replaced against Spain.

A statement released by the disciplinary committee of the FFF added that all or part of the players' bonuses would be withheld. –Sapa-AFP


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