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    Samir Nasri apologises for foul-mouthed rant

    Paris: France midfielder Samir Nasri on Tuesday issued an apology for insulting a journalist after his team was knocked out of the Euro 2012 quarter-finals by Spain last Saturday.

    "Too many untruths circulate at the moment. May the fans, and the children in particular, know that I regret sincerely that my words may have shocked," he said on his Twitter feed.

    Nasri, who was a second-half substitute in France's 2-0 defeat by the world and European champions Spain, passed waiting reporters without saying a word after the match. Asked by one journalist for a quote, he answered: "You are looking for shit, you are looking for trouble." The reporter replied: "Get lost, then, if you have nothing to say."

    Nasri turned back and said "f*** you", followed by a stream of further abuse, inviting the reporter to have a conversation with him man-to-man.

    "I love the France team, I love football and I have deep respect for the fans. For the rest, it's a personal matter between me and some journalists. I will explain myself in due time," Nasri added.