Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto'o has issued a public apology for the headbutt that saw him given a three-game ban and €30,000 fine.
The Cameroon captain reacted to a foul by Chievo's Bostjan Cesar on Sunday by running over to the Slovenian centre-back and headbutting him in the chest.
A repentant Eto'o issued a statement on today saying: "I want to offer my most sincere apologies to everyone who was shocked and offended by my unpleasant gesture on Sunday in Verona.
"My apologies are to all the protagonists of the game, the referee, who didn't see this foul because it was out of his line of vision, but also to the Inter fans and everyone who loves football.
"I also want to apologise to my coach [Rafael Benitez] and my team-mates who will be without me for three games."
The referee missed the incident but Italian footballing authorities used video evidence to impose a ban on the 29-year-old.
Inter indicated their intention to appeal the ban but Eto'o's apology would seem to render that motion pointless.
The controversy comes at an unfortunate time for Eto'o, who has been the only bright spark in an otherwise poor start to the season for the European and Italian champions. Inter sit down in sixth in Serie A, nine points behind bitter city rivals and leaders AC Milan.
Eto'o, though, is the joint top scorer in Serie A with nine goals after 13 matches. He has bagged 18 in 19 games in all competitions in a stunning start to the season.
However, Inter are also without the injured Diego Milito and Coutinho meaning they will be left short up front during Eto'o's three-game absence.