Ex-Fiorentina boss Delio Rossi has apologised for his attack on Adem Ljajic, but feels the midfielder crossed a line with his comments.
The Serbia international provoked Rossi after being substituted in the 32nd minute of Fiorentina's draw with Novara, resulting in the coach aiming a punch at the midfielder after pushing him back into the dugout.
Rossi was sacked following the incident, and apologised to the club and its fans on Friday.
"My action was regrettable, but humanly justifiable. I don't want to talk about what was said, because it would only seem as if I'm looking for excuses," Rossi said.
"I made a mistake and I apologise to everybody. To the team, to the players, to the club, and to everybody else. There are certain things you don't talk about, though. Especially not about my family.
"I demand respect for myself, for my work, for the squad I coach, and for my family. I was wrong, though, and apologise to the people of Florence."
Rossi has been replaced by Vincenzo Guerini, who will take charge for the final two games of the season.