Manchester City's volatile forward Mario Balotelli has apologised for being sent off in the 1-nil defeat against Arsenal at the weekend.
Through his agent he says he regrets the disappointment it caused Manchester City and manager Roberto Mancini who he says he admires.
The player, already left out of the Italy side once by coach Cesare Prandelli after getting into trouble at his English Premier League club, did not think his latest misdemeanour would cost him a place at Euro 2012 in June.
Mancini said after Sunday's defeat that he would probably sell the striker at the end of the campaign.
Balotelli's antics have kept the front and back-page headline writers busy with a succession of on and off-the-field incidents all season.