Samir Nasri's Girlfriend Apologises for France Tweet as Star Mulls Retirement

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistMay 15, 2014

PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 19:  Samir Nasri of France looks on from the substitutes' bench prior to the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier 2nd Leg Playoff between France and Ukraine at the Stade de France on November 19, 2013 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images)
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Updates from Friday, May 16

CNN reports France's Didier Deschamps has issued a lawsuit against Samir Nasri's girlfriend, Anara Atanes:

Coach Didier Deschamps filed a civil lawsuit against her Friday, charging that she publicly insulted him.


Deschamps' lawyer, Carlo Alberto Brusa, told CNN that the lawsuit was filed due to the "seriousness of her comments."

The French Football Federation said it supports Deschamps' decision to file the suit.

"The unanimous reaction confirms that all of France condemns these insults," the FFF said on its website.

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Anara Atanes has apologised for any offence caused when complaining about Samir Nasri's omission from France's World Cup squad.

The Manchester City star's girlfriend, who unleashed a torrent of Twitter abuse after Didier Deschamps failed to name Nasri among his 30-man provisional squad, clarified she didn't mean to upset the French people with her foul-mouthed tirade, tweeting: "I apologize if i offended anyone from france, My tweets were not aimed at the nation as a whole."

Atanes' original tweets were highlighted by Bleacher Report UK:

Nasri is the perfect example of a player whose poor attitude overpowers his quality on the pitch. Despite scoring seven goals and providing seven assists during City's title win, recorded by, his capacity to disrupt the international camp proved too much of a risk for Deschamps.

Andy Hampson of the Press Association provided quotes from the French boss, via the Daily Mail:

Samir is an important player for Manchester City but he has not performed that well with France. He is a starter at City, which is not the case with France, and he has made it clear that he is not happy when he is a substitute — and I can tell you it can be felt in the squad.

DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 23:  Sergio Busquets of Spain and Samir Nasri of France challenge for the ball during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Spain and France at Donbass Arena on June 23, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine.  (Photo by Laurence Griffi
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Nasri, who was also overlooked by Raymond Domenech for the 2010 World Cup, is now considering international retirement, per Hampson's report:

I need to think a little bit during the holiday, what will be my future in the national team, because missing two World Cups is really hard for a player.


It was a shock but I was prepared mentally. I'm okay. 

I respect his choice. He wanted to not pick me... good on him. I wish good luck to the French national team.

Patrick Vieira, who oversees Nasri's progress as head of elite development at the Etihad, admitted his surprise at Deschamps' decision:

Nasri has taken part in just six World Cup qualifiers throughout his career, according to FIFA. He has netted one goal in this time and helped France toward three wins, a draw and two losses. The player's international highlight came during Euro 2012, where he netted the equaliser in a 1-1 draw with England.

DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 11:  Samir Nasri of France celebrates scoring their first goal during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between France and England at Donbass Arena on June 11, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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Unfortunately, he was subsequently banned for three games after swearing at a reporter in the aftermath of France's loss to Spain, per BBC Sport. Nasri's decision to yell at a journalist while making a shush gesture after scoring against England also summed up his poor behaviour during yet another forgettable tournament for the French.

The 26-year-old has time to appear in the 2018 World Cup, but he'll need to significantly improve his image in the coming years if that is to happen, should he overlook retirement. Two national coaches have deemed him unworthy of a place in the squad, suggesting Nasri's hostile aura is unlikely to change as his career progresses.

DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 15: Samir Nasri of France is put under pressure by the Ukraine defense during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between Ukraine and France at Donbass Arena on June 15, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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While France have certainly left a potential match-winner at home, the group's morale is more important than an individual's happiness. Nasri can split any defence with a threaded pass, clever piece of movement or ambitious attempt on goal, but his exile may prove to be a shrewd move from Deschamps.

France can't afford to have any squad hiccups at the Brazilian tournament, not after the revolt of 2010. With difficult matches against Honduras, Ecuador and Switzerland on the horizon, Les Bleus must focus all of their energy on performing effectively in the sweltering heat, not worrying over a player whose bed was made years ago.