France playmaker Franck Ribery, back in the national team for the first time since the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ fiasco, apologised for his behaviour during an unsuccessful 2010 season.
Before his first press conference since the FIFA World Cup, Ribery read a statement in which he explained how he "got it wrong in his behaviour as a footballer [during] a horrible 2010 from all points of view."
"I took the wrong roads, I lost myself," said Ribery.
The 28-year-old had a season to forget in 2009/2010 as he struggled with injury and was banned for the UEFA Champions League final loss to Inter Milan after being sent off in the first leg of the semi-final against Lyon.
Things did not improve in South Africa at the World Cup and when France failed to qualify for the second round after finishing bottom of their group, Ribery was banned for three games for his involvement in the player revolt after Nicolas Anelka was sent home.
"I hurt people, people who are very dear to me, I disappointed even shocked many others: I blame myself and I apologise," said the Bayern Munich player. "It affected a lot of people. I did things which were maybe not always correct. The World Cup didn't go well, I wasn't good on the pitch, but at no time did I make decisions myself.
"In the bus, we were all there. We were 23, we all suffered together. Now I want to turn the page, I want to forget all that, the France jersey I always have it in my heart."
France play a UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier against Luxembourg on 25 March and a friendly against Croatia four days later.