EURO 2012

Nasri handed three match ban for Euro 2012 antics

Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has been given a three match ban from the French national team as a result of his conduct during Euro 2012, with three other players also punished.

Nasri handed three match ban for Euro 2012 antics
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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 an AFP journalist after the quarter-final 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.
Nasri, Mvila and Ben Arfa appeared personally before the FFF disciplinary commission, but refused to comment after their hearing.
Lawyer Carlo Alberto Brusa, representing Menez, who is currently on tour in the United States with PSG, described the outcome as "fair" and said he would be advising his client not to appeal.
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.
The case came two years after France players went on strike during the World Cup in South Africa that led to the suspension of four players, including Nicolas Anelka for a record 18 games, Patrice Evra for five games and Franck Ribery for three.
The players have ten days to appeal the decision.

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EURO 2012

Tymoshenko’s daughter to France: help my mum

The daughter of Ukraine's jailed and ailing ex-prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko on Friday urged France to keep up pressure on Ukrainian authorities for her release.

Tymoshenko's daughter to France: help my mum
Harald Dettenborn

Speaking in Paris a few hours before France was to face Ukraine in a Euro 2012 football match, Yevgenia Tymoshenko said her 51-year-old mother’s health was not improving after she was treated for a bad back, claimed to have been beaten by guards and undertook a hunger strike.

“I call for pressure to continue on the Ukrainian government,” she told AFP as she was hosted by a local mayor’s office, saying she had seen her mother the week before in her prison in Kharkiv.

“She is under constant surveillance, under psychological pressure. She still isn’t walking. She can’t even go as far as the window,” Yevgenia Tymoshenko, 32, said.

“They won’t even let her use the phone. God knows what could happen to her,” she added said. 

“Today is a symbolic day. Ukraine is playing against France. I want to thank all those here who support my mother.”

Tymoshenko, a driving force of Ukraine’s 2004 pro-Western “Orange Revolution”, served as prime minister in 2005 and again from 2007 to 2010, when she lost a presidential race to current leader Viktor Yanukovych.

She is serving a seven-year sentence for abuse of power and faces fresh charges that could extend her sentence to 2023.

Her jailing prompted howls of international criticism and the Tymoshenko affair has deeply strained ties between Kiev and the West, which has called for her release.

Her daughter has campaigned in Europe for her release and met officials in Germany last week.