Bastian Schweinsteiger has apologized to Germany's president for failing to notice his outstretched hand during a ceremony after Bayern Munich's loss to Chelsea in the Champions League final.
Schweinsteiger missed Bayern's last penalty in Saturday's shootout, and Didier Drogba then stepped up to score with Chelsea's final shot.
Photos showed Schweinsteiger walking past as German President Joachim Gauck held out his hand. The player says he didn't refuse the handshake.
"This is a misunderstanding," Schweinsteiger said in a statement on Bayern's website.
"After this great disappointment, I perceived nothing around me. I was desperately disappointed, paralyzed.
"I did not see the hand of the federal president.
"I'm sorry that this moment gave a different impression. I want to apologize to the president."