Vitolo has apologised for a sexist comment he intended as a joke after Atlético Madrid's Europa League second leg against Copenhagen at the Wanda Metropolitano.
"We're not women..."
A 1-0 Atleti win, secured with Kevin Gameiro's goal, sealed a 5-1 aggregate success to take Diego Simeone's men into the last 16 of the competition amid reports club icon Fernando Torres is set to depart for Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang.
Team-mate Vitolo was asked for his take on the speculation and a reported fallout between Simeone and Torres, but he refused to comment and responded: "We're not women and won't go causing trouble in the dressing room in response to things that have happened.
"Each player has their relationship with the coach and tries to do the best possible. Everything is going very well in the dressing room and there is no problem."
Vitolo: "It was said as a joke"
However, the nature of Vitolo's attempt to avoid the question on Torres sparked further controversy, leading the former Sevilla man to later apologise on Twitter.
"I didn't speak appropriately in the mixed zone," he wrote. "I wanted to say that we don't live based on what others say or do.
"I was mistaken. It wasn't my intention to offend anyone. It was said as a joke and I am very sorry."