Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte has tendered an apology for his behaviour towards Juventus in midweek.
Conte read out a statement before his press conference to preview their clash with Lazio.
“I want to only talk about football during the press conference, so I will say this before we begin,” said Conte.
“I am here to apologise, because I reacted in the wrong way to being insulted. I could’ve reacted differently and that would’ve been more positive.”
Antonio Conte was caught on camera showing the middle finger at the Juventus directors in the stands.
“I am sorry and I will learn from this for future reference. The insults and provocation should not be an excuse, because I still shouldn’t have responded like that.
“Everyone saw what happened in the Juventus Stadium, that is important to me. However, we as coaches, players and Presidents are meant to set an example and therefore I should’ve reacted to insults and provocation in a different way, perhaps with a thumbs up or applause, to show I could hear what was being said, but it would’ve been a more positive response.
“Having said all that, now we should concentrate on the game. People want to talk about football, not gossip.”