Michel Bastos says his holding aloft of a scarf insulting city rivals Lazio on the day he was presented to Roma fans at the Stadio Olimpico was "a misunderstanding."
Following his arrival from United Arab Emirates outfit Al Ain, Bastos, 30, did a lap of the stadium ahead of the Giallorossi's 1-0 win over Juventus in the Coppa Italia on Tuesday night, carrying a scarf thrown to him by a fan.
But after offending Lazio supporters, the Brazilian took to his official Twitter account to apologise for his actions.
Nunca faltei com respeito a nada e ninguém, hj o que aconteceu foi um mal entendido peço desculpa a equipe e torcedores da LAZIO...
— michelbastos20 (@MichelBastos11) January 21, 2014
And speaking at a later news conference in the Italian capital, Bastos touched once again on the incident.
"Like I've already explained on Twitter, it was a misunderstanding," he said. "For me, it’s important to respect your opponents. I know that some people took it badly so I want to take this opportunity to apologise once again.
"It was a moment for me to experience the impact of the fans and it was supposed to be a moment of celebration. If I'd realised what was written on that scarf, obviously I would never have raised it. Let's just turn the page."
Bastos has already managed to upset Napoli, as well as Lazio, in less than a week since landing in Italy.
The Azzurri were on the brink of signing him before Roma coach and former friend Rudi Garcia made a call, with Bastos instead arriving in the Eternal City.
"I've remained in contact with him because he's an important person who helped me a lot, even if I only worked with him for a year," said Bastos, who played under Garcia at Lille in the 2008-09 season. "It's only logical that he influenced my decision, but the desire to return to Europe and represent a big club was even stronger.
"That's not to say Napoli aren't a big club, but I weighed everything up and I think I made the right choice. We have a great squad with great players here."
That squad was reduced by one on Thursday when Nicolas Burdisso completed his transfer to Genoa.
"I leave a part of my heart here, but it was the right time to move," Burdisso told Forzaroma.info. "I've never had such strong competition for a place as I've had this year, when I'm not finding any room even when I'm playing well, but that's good for Roma.
"Now I'm aiming for the World Cup. I was a regular in the [Argentina] national team before getting injured and I really want to get my place back."