Bastian Schweinsteiger has apologised after appearing to snub Germany's president in the wake of Bayern Munich's heart-breaking UEFA Champions League defeat.
The Bayern ace missed in the penalty shoot-out as Chelsea won 4-3 on spot-kicks to lift the trophy.
Schweinsteiger insists he did not see German president Joachim Gauck offer his hand as the team collected their medals.
He told the club's official website: "It's a misunderstanding.
"Anyone who puts themselves in my position and looks at the photo can see that, after such a great disappointment, I was not aware of what was going on around me.
"I was desperate, disappointed, as if I was paralysed. I didn't see the president's hand.
"I'm sorry that this moment gave a different impression. I want to apologise to the president."