Nasri faces ban after Hull stamp

I reckon he should be knighted but it seems Samir Nasri could cop a three-match ban for violent conduct after stamping on Hull’s Richard Garcia.
That’s the view in this morning’s Sun after Arsenal midfielder’s clash with Garcia sparked a 20-man brawl during the Gunners’ 3-0 Emirates win on Saturday.
Referee Steve Bennett indicated afterwards he booked Nasri for shoving Steve Hunt and that he missed the flashpoint which saw tempers boil over. Bennett will file his report today and the FA will then decide whether to take action, says the paper.
Hull veteran Nick Barmby could also face further punishment, as he raised both hands to Nasri, while Alex Song could pay for getting hold of Hunt by the neck.
That loveable little tosspot Barmby lost the plot in the tunnel at half-time as well, when he attempted to confront Nasri. He ended up having a furious row with a steward who intervened. The Sun claims that Hull boss Phil Brown substituted Barmby at the break to avoid him getting into further trouble. Not because he is shit then?
The Mirror, too, has the tale that Brown subbed Barmby at half-time after he was involved in a tunnel bust-up as the players left the pitch at the end of the first half.
Their version of events claims Barmby went for Nasri and tried to get at him in the tunnel but a steward then pulled Barmby away. But Hull’s players complained afterwards that the steward then reacted and also became embroiled in the scuffle.
But even the Hull players insisted that it was not a serious incident even though there was bad blood between the clubs following the bad tempered FA Cup tie last March. Cesc Fabregas was accused of spitting at Hull No.2 Brian Horton in March and Horton left the directors’ box where he was sitting on Saturday to be in the tunnel at half time for the flare-up, claims the Mirror.
Elsewhere in this morning’s papers squeezed next to City axing mark Hughes and Fat Frank having to take three pens at West Ham we learn that Tottenham hope to snatch Marouane Chamakh on a Bosman free.
The Daily Mail claims the Algeria striker is out of contract at Bordeaux come the end of the season and Spurs officials are already believed to been in contact with his representatives.
The 25-year-old was desperate to leave the French champions in the summer for a move to England, but Bordeaux rejected all bids for their hit man, getting into a row with Arsene Wenger along the way for a public pursuit by the Gunners manager.
AW has since considered reviving their interest in January amid injuries to Robin van Persie and Nicklas Bendtner, but the Ligue 1 side would prefer to lose him for nothing in the summer rather than jeopardise their domestic and Champions League campaign.
Back to the Sun and it is Everton who they claim are our rivals to sign Chamakh. Toffees boss David Moyes sent scouts to watch the marksman play against Lorient on Saturday and both he and AW would dearly love to sign him in next month’s transfer window, says the paper.
But it looks as though they will have to wait after the £7million star vowed to see out the remaining six months of his contract before leaving on a free transfer. He said: “I am certain to finish the season with Bordeaux. I will be free at the end of the season but I don’t want to see my name bandied around in January.” Juventus have also been keeping tabs on Chamakh.

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