Flash floods in and around Genoa killed six people last weekend and as a remembrance of that tragic loss, every Serie A match on Sunday had a minute of silence before kickoff. During that silence in Verona, Fiorentina's Riccardo Montolivo was caught chuckling to himself by TV cameras, which apparently didn't go over well.
"I am ashamed of my smile during the minute's silence,'' Montolivo told Gazzetta dello Sport.
"It's a gesture that I don't remember but it's inexplicable and absolutely out of place.
"I didn't realise the minute's silence had already started and the tension ahead of the game can sometimes make you do things that you would not do otherwise.
"However, there are no excuses for that and hence, I apologise to all the people that felt offended by it and I send my condolences to the families of the victims of the flash floods.''
Hopefully this isn't held against Montolivo, especially now that he's apologized. Most everyone has gotten an unwanted and uncontrollable case of the giggles at a very inappropriate moment one time or another.
Anyway, I like to think that Montolivo was thinking about teammate Artur Boruc's latest encounter with idiot neighbor Dan Wykowski when he cracked that smile.
UPDATE: According to CNN and Gazzetta dello Sport contributor Tancredi Palmeri, Montolivo was laughing because Alessandro Gambarini farted during the silence. How could anyone keep a straight face after that?