You can almost picture Sir Ian Blair falling off his chair in disgust when he heard those words. Obviously, though, it's not the British police saying sorry but the Italians, who accidentally shot a football fan during a fight.
Hang on a minute though. The Italians did what? Said sorry for killing someone? Just a couple of hours after killing him?
Surely they should have adopted the more sensible approach of the good old British coppers, and told lie after lie after lie about him. They really ought to have delayed any apology until the lies about the victim's behaviour had permeated the public consciousness, to the extent where even when the truth is revealed, a slice of the population - especially Sun-reading cunts - are too wilfully igorant to realise it. Then they should have smeared the poor sod for good measure just to make sure they increased the doubt in people's minds.
I'm not too familiar with the Italian press, but perhaps there'd be a Riccardo Pocogiovanni to help the police stick the boot into the victim a little bit more - though of course he'd have to do the good old 'Withdrawn!' a little bit further down the line to salve his conscience. Ha ha! Conscience. Sorry, got carried away a bit there.
So what's different? Is it that the victim was Italian and shot by Italians? Is it that they knew they couldn't whip out the royal flush of 'terrorism' that would get the right-wing press on their knees in admiration with a spurious load of old bollocks from nowhere with no evidence to try and muddy the waters?
Or is it that the Italian police actually think that killing someone is A Bad Thing, no matter what the circumstances? Is it that they aren't run by a grinning King Cnut who thinks he deserves to stay in the job forever, no matter what happens on his watch?