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Blanc mum on Nasri ‘Shut up’ gesture


DONETSK, Ukraine, June 12 – France coach Laurent Blanc said he did not know who midfielder Samir Nasri was targeting when he screamed ‘Shut your face!’ after scoring the equaliser in Monday’s 1-1 draw with England.

The Manchester City midfielder found the bottom-left corner of the net in the 39th minute at Donetsk’s Donbass Arena to cancel out Joleon Lescott’s opening goal and earn his side a point in their Euro 2012 Group D opener.

Booed throughout by the England fans behind the goal that France attacked in the first half, Nasri reacted explosively to scoring, putting his finger to his lips and shouting towards the England dug-out.

Speculation over who he was aiming his vitriol at quickly began to spread on Twitter — with potential candidates said to include the media and members of the England coaching staff — but Blanc refused to speculate.

“It’s between him and his critics,” he said in his post-match press conference.

“It’s a personal thing, I don’t want to get involved. He was happy to have scored a goal. You’ll have to ask him to whom it was addressed.”

Occasionally criticised by Blanc for his failure to exert more of an influence in the colours of his national team, Nasri was a constant menace in Monday’s game and was named the official man of the match.