Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero has apologised after referring to Inter Milan's Indonesian Chairman Erick Thohir as "that Filipino."
Ferrero made the comment on Sunday when asked about the growing tensions at Inter which have seen long serving Massimo Moratti step down as honorary chairman.
Moratti's decision was influenced by complaints about the Serie A club's finances from Thohir, who bought a controlling 70% stake last year.
Ferrero told Italian broadcasters RAI:
"Moratti is a great man and it's unfair that he has been treated like this. He has given so much to Italian soccer... I told him to boot that Filipino out."
In a statement published on Sampdoria's website, Ferrero later wrote:
"I did not want to be disrespectful of Thohir, of Inter's directors or of the people of the Philippines, with whom I have a wonderful relationship."
It has been reported that Tottenham players were tonight subjected to racist chants by Inter Milan supporters, who were also seen waving an inflatable banana.
Spurs lost 4-1 after extra-time on the night but progressed to the Europa League quarter-finals on away goals after the tie finished 4-4 on aggregate.
Monkey chants appeared to be aimed at several Tottenham players, notably goalscorer Emmanuel Adebayor, while a fan was seen with an inflatable banana.