ROME - AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli has apologised over the incident which led to the three-game suspension he received for insulting a referee, the Serie A club said yesterday.
The Italy international was banned for insulting and threatening the referee at the end of the Serie A game that Milan lost 2-1 at home to Napoli on Sunday.
He was yellow-carded in the second half and given a second booking, which carries a red card, after the final whistle for threatening the official.
"I am sorry for my team-mates, who train and work hard with me," the club website quoted Balotelli as telling Sky TV.
"With that (behaviour) I left them alone."
The striker continued: "I apologise to (the official) too. I should not have reacted in that way.
"But against Napoli it was the same old story. Fouls against me do not count, then when I do a small thing.
"I realise, however, that I must be able to resist in certain situations.
"Mario was wrong, therefore he apologises."