Udinese star Antonio Di Natale has apologised to any of the club's supporters that were offended by the gesture he made during Wednesday's match against Catania.
The Italian forward brought his finger up to his lips after scoring a last-minute equaliser in the game against the Rossazzurri that finished 2-2, but he has said that he has always appreciated the team's fans.
“The gesture I made on Wednesday was instinctive, made at the end of a tough game, a very nervous one, and it has been considered worse than what it was," Di Natale told the club's official site.
"I love Udine, the town, this shirt and our fans who have always made me feel one of them. I owe everything to this club that has believed in me ever since and to these fans who have always loved me like a son."
Di Natale was dropped by coach Francesco Guidolin in September after a bust-up but the 35-year-old believes that he has always cared about the club and that he has always been professional.
"I am sorry if anyone felt offended by my gesture on Wednesday night, so I apologise to all the Friulian fans, but I believe that my personal and professional history show better than any word how much I care about this land and these colours," he explained.