Mexican boxer Saul “Canelo” Alvarez apologized to Argentina’s Lionel Messi after accusing him of nudging a Mexico shirt away on the dressing room floor.
The incident occurred following Argentina’s 2-0 World Cup victory over CONCACAF rivals on Saturday.
“In these last few days I got carried away by the passion and love I have for my country and I made some comments that were out of order,” Alvarez posted on Twitter on Wednesday.
“I want to apologise to Messi and to all the people of Argentina. Every day we learn something new and this time, it was my turn.”
Alvarez, who has won world championships in four weight classes, felt Messi’s actions were intentional and tweeted to his 2.2 million followers:
“Did you see Messi cleaning the floor with our jersey and flag????
“He better pray to God that I don’t find him!! Just like I respect Argentina, he has to respect Mexico! “I’m not talking about the country as a whole, just about the bulls— that Messi did.”
Many fans from around the world were quick to point out that Messi was only taking off his boots when he accidentally touched the Mexico jersey.