Argentina's FIFA vice-president Julio Grondona has apologised in writing for his attack on England, Football Association chairman David Bernstein revealed on Wednesday. Grondona, who is also president of his country's national association, branded the English "liars" and "pirates" at the FIFA Congress in Zurich in June, but has now written a letter of apology.

Bernstein told the Leaders in Football conference in London that the FA's relationships with FIFA and UEFA were improving, and that Grondona had retracted his remarks.

He said: "I was pleased to receive a letter of apology from the Argentinian (FA) president Grondona following his unacceptable comments about England in Zurich."

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