Federico Macheda moved to clarify comments he made about Manchester United team-mate Wayne Rooney.
Macheda used the term 'coatto' to describe the England striker in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport on Thursday while on Italy Under-21 duty. 'Coatto' has been interpreted in various ways with some of the British newspapers using 'chav' as the English equivalent while 'vulgar and violent' have also appeared.
However, Macheda said there was no criticism intended of the former Everton man and he told Gazzetta: "I said 'coatto' in the Roman way, but with the minimum intention to offend Rooney."
"I like him and I have maximum respect for him.
"What I wanted to say is that for me he is a free spirit and genuine.
"I sent a message to Rio Ferdinand to clarify everything with Wayne and Rio told me not to worry, everything is fine."