The subplot from the Manchester City match to the ridiculous Tiote goal that never was, is the Nasri injury when he was fouled by Mapou.
It is also an object lesson in how the press is driven and by who.
I don’t like to see anybody get injured but purely in terms of bad decisions, the disallowing of Tiote’s goal was any number of times worse than any potential sending off for the Newcastle defender, though I’m betting this issue will stay in the public domain a lot longer than the flouting of the offside rules by Mike Jones.
Don’t even get me started on the De Jong assault on Hatem Ben Arfa that almost ended his career and was pretty much ignored outside Tyneside.
For my money it was the kind of challenge you see every week but had unfortunate consequences on this occasion. You see it all the time, a player ends up in a situation where he takes a yellow card for the team and cynically brings down his opponent. To suggest that there was malice aforethought from Mapou is just rubbish.
This though is what Nasri’s father said to Le Parisien on Monday;
“He did it nastily, the boy was beaten and did it with the second challenge – it wasn’t to try and get the ball back, it was just gratuitous nastiness.”
Now it has emerged in an interview with L’equipe that Mapou has made every effort to get in touch and personally apologise to Nasri, insisting there was no malice.
“I have tried to call but there’s no answer, I have left a message.
“I want to apologise in person, I was sorry and I am relieved the injury’s only eight weeks.
“I felt very bad that his World Cup may be in danger – I never intended to hurt Nasri, there wasn’t any malice at all.”
While it would be a personal tragedy for Nasri if it did end up harming his World Cup chances, the fact is he isn’t the most popular in France and sympathy from the football public would be in short supply. I doubt trying to turn this into a feud with a fellow countryman who has done his best to apologise, will improve that very low popularity rating.