Casalino says sorry for Genoa remark

Told journalists not to stress him out, entitled to holiday

(ANSA) - Rome, October 1 - Premier Giuseppe Conte's spokesman Rocco Casalino apologised Monday for telling journalists on an August 16 recording that has just emerged that he didn't them to "stress him out" over the August 14 Genoa bridge collapse that killed 43, and he was entitled to a Ferragosto mid-August break.
    Amid calls for him to be sacked following a previous gaffe about purging the economy ministry of officials allegedly hampering budget moves, Casalino said: "I feel I must say sorry for the effect produced by a private audio tape that ended up in the newspapers." He said "in my words there was never the intention of offending the Genoa victims.
    "What is offensive, on the other hand, is the instrumental use that some papers are making out of this tragedy".