Mauro Icardi's reputation at Inter Milan has hit rock bottom.
The Nerazzurri captain has committed a cardinal sin no player should ever risk at the San Siro by alienating the club's infamous ultras.
Some of the more vitriolic sectors of the Curva Nord even turned up at the striker's house on Sunday night, having earlier unfurled a banner at the Cagliari game branding him a "vile piece of s***".
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If you've been following the Argentine's well-documented fall from grace, you'll be aware this all started because of comments he made in his recent book, Sempre Avanti.
In it, he described an altercation with Inter fans, claiming he stood up to them when the shirt he had given a young fan was taken off the boy and abuse was hurled at the team.
However, he has now taken to Instagram, not quite to backtrack, but to apologise and admit he exaggerated the incident.
Here's his heartfelt post, with the translation below:
The 23-year-old starts: "Dear Curva Nord, I am surprised and disappointed.
"I simply reported how, thanks to post-game adrenaline and the bad moment the team had experienced, I lost my head.
"I simply wanted to explain the atmosphere of the moment. So much so that in the book I used exaggerated phrases.
Bad blood continues
"In the biography, I also said 'I used threatening words against the fans and I should not have done that'.
"I'm sorry. Sorry for the fuss that's been created. I simply recounted the incident according to my memories. I didn’t want to offend or disrespect anyone."
Icardi may well be stripped of the armband as the furore continues, but he also appeared to address rumours that his time as skipper might be coming to an end.
"The captain's armband is the realisation of my dreams as a child," he added.
"I hope you understand how important you are for me and how much respect and love I have for you, even if you decide to jeer me."
Icardi finished at Inter?
This is a situation that has clearly got way out of hand, and it's fair to say even this apology isn't going to help Icardi's cause.
Even six goals in eight Serie A games this season haven't helped him recover his standing with the ultras, many of whom cheered when he missed a penalty against Cagliari.
On Sunday, they released a statement, reading: "Icardi, as far as we are concerned, you’re finished."
If he does lose the armband, it may well open the door for his exit next summer, with Arsenal, Tottenham, and Chelsea all reportedly still interested in offering him an escape from the poisonous situation developing at Inter.
Is there any way back for Icardi at Inter? Have your say in the comments.
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