Schweinsteiger apologises for handshake snub

Joachim Gauck offered his hand to the Bayern player but the midfielder did not see him amid the disappointment of defeat in the Champions League final.

“It’s a misunderstanding,” Schweinsteiger said on Bayern’s website.

“Anyone who puts themselves in my position and looks at the photo can see that, after such a great disappointment, I was not aware of what was going on around me.

“I was desperate, disappointed, as if I was paralysed. I didn’t see the president’s hand.

“I’m sorry that in that moment I left the wrong impression. I would like to apologise to the president.”