London: Michel Platini has defended Samir Nasri over his expletive-filled confrontation with a journalist following France`s quarter-final exit at Euro 2012.
The Manchester City midfielder could reportedly be banned for two years by the French Football Federation (FFF) for his actions after Les Bleus` 2-0 quarter-final loss to Spain.
However, the Uefa president and former France captain has come out in Nasri`s defence, and says that being excluded from international duty until after the 2014 World Cup would be heavy-handed.
"If I had been suspended every time I insulted a journalist, I wouldn`t have had many caps in the national team," said Platini, according to France Football.
"Nasri deserves something, but a suspension for two years is ridiculous and shameful."
The 25-year-old playmaker clashed with the press throughout Euro 2012, and celebrated his goal in the 1-1 draw with England by gesturing towards L`Equipe journalists.
First Published: Saturday, June 30, 2012, 23:18