Panucci apologises for Roma spat

Defender Christian Panucci has apologised after he refused to sit on the bench in AS Roma's 3-0 win at Napoli last month and subsequently asked to leave the Serie A club.

"I publicly apologise to the fans, my team mates and the club for my behaviour," Panucci, who has been left out of Roma's squad for the knockout phase of the Champions League, was quoted as saying by La Gazzetta dello Sport's website.

"I put myself back at the disposal of the club and coaching staff disposal for the rest of the season. When I said I wanted to leave it was because I was angry."