Angel Di Maria has moved to play down an alleged gesture towards fans in Real Madrid’s 3-0 win over Celta Vigo on Monday night.
The Argentine winger made what appeared to be a rude signal directed at the stands after whistles of derision greeted him on being substituted by Gareth Bale on 65 minutes.
However, in comments posted on Madrid’s official website, Di Maria insisted after the game that he never intended to offend anybody.
“It never occurred to me to offend anyone, least of all the supporters in the Bernabeu,” he said.
“They are talking about a gesture of mine when I was substituted, but I didn’t direct anything towards anybody.
“I would not think to make an ugly gesture, even less so with my wife and daughter inside the stadium, and I always try to do the best possible.
“I think people are making a lot of noise about something that has been misunderstood.”