Dani Alves was heavily criticised by football fans earlier this week for comments he made days after the tragic death of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori last weekend.
The Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil full-back told reporters, per The Sun: "We were not disturbed too much because we did not know him very much, I am sorry for his family.
"I think that Davide has done what he owed in this chaotic world and that now he is in a better world.
"But in the world every day thousands of children who do not receive much attention die of hunger and they are just as important.
"We all have to die sooner or later because we are passing through.
"Maybe we are sad, but certainly not like his family."
Balotelli criticised Alves for his comments
These rather insensitive and ill-advised comments prompted Mario Balotelli to criticise the former Barcelona star.
“What he said wasn’t wrong, but he could’ve kept it to himself at that moment,” Balotelli was quoted as saying by Football Italia.
“He should’ve just passed on his condolences and that’s it, not talk rubbish. You cannot make those comments when faced with someone’s death.
“He said things that had **** all to do with anything. Astori, by the way, was a good guy, polite, and I can say that because I played with him for the Nazionale.”
It was hard to argue with Balotelli, who seems to have matured as an individual over the past couple of years, on this occasion.
Alves should have passed on his condolences and left it at that.
Alves reacts to Balotelli's comments on Twitter
The South American defender has now heard what Balotelli has said about him and has now reacted to the Italian striker’s comments on Twitter.
“If that’s what Balotellinho said I wasn’t trying to offend anyone,” Alves insisted.
“We live in a world where you often have to be hypocritical to be appreciated by people. Anyway, if anyone was offended then I apologise.”
Whether the footballing community - and, more importantly, Astori’s friends and family - will accept Alves’s apology remains to be seen.
Astori's funeral took place earlier today
Astori’s funeral took place in Florence today and an estimated crowd of 8,000 mourners gathered outside the Santa Croce basilica to pay their respects.
Juventus stars Gianluigi Buffon and Giorgio Chiellini, who were in London for their Champions League victory over Tottenham on Wednesday evening, were among those who turned up to celebrate the life of their former Italy teammate.
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