Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has insisted he did not apologise to skipper John O'Shea for publicly criticising his performance at Crystal Palace.
The Republic of Ireland defender, who conceded a penalty and was sent off during the 3-1 defeat at Selhurst Park, revealed that he had received a telephone call from the Italian the following day.
However, Di Canio told the Sunderland Echo: "It is not true that I rang John O'Shea the next day to apologise.
"That's not because I feel that it is wrong to apologise if you do something wrong - if you do something wrong, you should apologise.
"But there was nothing for me to apologise for. The way that phone call was interpreted by the media shows that people do not understand my relationship with my players."