AC Milan captain Paolo Maldini has praised teammate Nelson Dida after his public apology yesterday to fans for his theatrics at Celtic.

Before the warm-up for yesterday's shock defeat by Empoli, Dida walked all the way round the pitch at San Siro, pausing to bow down to every sector of the crowd.

Maldini said: "We are men and make mistakes. Recognising his weakness is a sign of his strength."