Football Federation Australia has accepted Bruno Fornaroli's apology for his FFA Cup final F-bomb and issued him with a public reprimand.
The Melbourne City skipper let an expletive fly at the end of his victory speech after the club's 1-0 triumph over Sydney FC at AAMI Park on Wednesday.
Fornaroli completed his obligatory thanks to sponsors and fans in patchy English, but as he backed away from the microphone, the star Uruguayan striker abruptly threw his palm cards into the air and exclaimed: "And f*** off!"
A-League boss Greg O'Rourke said he'd spoken with City chief executive Scott Munn, who reminded Fornaroli about his responsibilities under the code of conduct.
"Whilst we take into account Fornaroli's apology and the fact English is his second language, Bruno's comments on the stage after the FFA Cup final were inappropriate and FFA can not condone what was said," O'Rourke said.
"This is a general reminder to all players and officials that foul language is not acceptable and offends many in our community."
The day after City's historic win, Fornaroli explained his words might have been lost in translation.
"I went to say ‘vamos’ – nothing more. When you win the first cup for the club, it was amazing so it was a great moment and I went to say ‘vamos’," he said the day after City's historic win.
"But I said something different, I think.
"If someone feels bad for [me saying] this, then I'm sorry but it was not what I wanted to say.
"In this moment, it was difficult to speak because I still have the game inside and I'm crazy for the moment."