Icardi added: “It all stemmed from a page of my book which was probably written in haste; a page where some of the tone wasn’t appropriate, and I’m really sorry that the Inter fans got caught up in all this.
“I will make efforts to have those pages removed to avoid anyone feeling offended betrayed or threatened.”
But the striker’s autobiography has threatened to destabilize his entire relationship with the Italian club’s hardcore fans, especially as he’s the team’s captain.
Reliving an altercation with a prominent member of the Inter Milan “Curva Nord” Ultras group in unusual depth in his autobiography, Icardi has angered them to such an extent that a missed penalty in Sunday’s 2-1 defeat by Cagliari was met by derisive delight from his own supporters.
The fuse for the dispute was lit in an innocuous away fixture at Sassuolo during the 2014-15 season. Inter lost the game 3-1, and Icardi and his teammate Fredy Guarin faced the ire of the visiting supporters.
“I am angry because I played so little,” writes the Argentine. “The fans start to shout: they call us to come over to their section. I find the courage to face them.
“As I get closer, I receive insults and abuse of every kind. I take off my shirt and shorts and throw them to a kid as a gift. He is in seventh heaven and I am pleased to see him happy.
“A leader of the Ultras snatches the shirt away from him and throws it back at me. This is when I insult him: ‘Piece of s**t, you act the big man with a little kid to show off in front of the rest of the Curva.’
“In the changing room, I was acclaimed as a hero; nobody had ever stood up to one of the fan leaders.”
A feud resurfaced
In Sempre Avanti, Icardi recounts his feelings towards the Ultras that day, writing the incendiary remark: “How many of them are there? Fifty? A hundred? Two hundred? OK, record my message and let them hear it. I will bring 100 criminals from Argentina who will kill them on the spot.”
The book was published on October 11 and it didn’t take long for the Curva Nord to make their feelings known.
“You are finished with us. You’re done. TAKE THE ARMBAND OFF, YOU CLOWN. Yes, that is what we demand.”
“I hope you understand how important you are for me and how much respect and love I have for you, even if you decide to jeer me.
“I ask you just one thing as captain: stay close to Inter, as you always have, because my teammates and I need you.”
A mixed start
If the club’s performances this season are anything to go by, Inter needs Icardi.
The Argentine signed from Sampdoria in 2013 and was appointed captain two years later at the age of just 22.
He has only recently extended his contract until 2021, and with six goals in eight league appearances to his name this season, the striker has hit the back of the net more often than the rest of his team put together.
Yet just six years on from Champions League glory under Jose Mourinho, the club languish in 11th in Serie A.
And while Icardi has already scored more for the Nerazzurri than Brazilian Ronaldo during his Inter career, early indications suggest the Curva Nord supporters will not be quick to forgive.
“Icardi the player is dead to us. We hope he’ll withdraw this book and then that would probably close the matter for us.”