Arsenal midfielder Robert Pires has apologised to France team sponsor Adidas for wearing a logo of a rival sports brand company but refused to apologise for criticising national coach Raymond Domenech.

Pires was summoned by the French Football Federation to explain why he appeared in a sweater with a Puma logo during a television show on October 10 when he was with the national team, which is sponsored by rival sportswear group Adidas.

“I told them I was sorry and I apologised,” said Pires after a hearing in Paris on Monday.

“I can understand they (Adidas) were upset and I won’t do it again.”

Pires was critical of the methods of coach Domenech, but he refused to withdraw his remarks.