Antonio Cassano has been criticised for his “incivility” by the union of journalists after an altercation with a camera crew.
Journalists working for local station TeleNord allege they were insulted and attacked by the Milan player outside a bar in Genoa.
They claim that they were putting their equipment away, having recorded some vox pops outside the bar with passers-by.
Cassano then arrived in his car and apparently thought they had been filming him, so became infuriated and hurled insults at the TV crew.
“It’s a shame, because our colleagues were attacked without any reason,” Liguria Union of Journalists President Michele Corti told Calciomercato.it.
“The player sends out a message of great incivility. I would like for him to show humility and apologise.”
Cassano hopes to resume light training in January, as he continues to recover from heart surgery.