Blackburn Rovers have apologised to former boss Sam Allardyce over alleged comments by his successor Steve Kean, reports BBC Sport.
The West Ham manager is taking legal action over claims made during a pre-season tour of Hong Kong in 2011.
"Mr Kean was in a bar and falsely alleged that Sam Allardyce was sacked because he was a crook," Blackburn said in a statement.
"This is completely false and we apologise to Mr Allardyce for the embarrassment and distress caused."
The matter came to light after a video was uploaded to YouTube in the summer. It appeared to show Kean making unguarded remarks about Allardyce to supporters.
Allardyce instructed solicitors to take legal action against both Blackburn and Kean.
The case was filed at the High Court in London on 12 July.
Kean's representatives SEM Group said a settlement had now been reached, but the terms were confidential. SEM added that Kean would also be making a public statement on the matter.