Mario Balotelli apologised for his latest red-card on Thursday but insisted his petulance should be kept in perspective by pointing out: 'I haven't killed anybody'.
The AC Milan striker was sent-off after scoring a late consolation goal in his team's 2-1 defeat to Napoli last weekend.
He has since been banned for three matches.
"Firstly, I am sorry for my teammates," Balotelli said in excerpts of an interview to be published in Friday's Gazzetta dello Sport.
"They train and work hard with me. What I did hasn't helped our cause. I also feel guilty for the fans, who care so much for the team."
However, the former Manchester City striker suggested there was a limit to just how far his apologies would stretch.
"I made a mistake when I was provoked... but I'm not going to apologise to everyone. It's not as if I killed someone," added Balotelli.