Argentina FA president Julio Grondona apologises for calling England 'pirates'

The veteran chief had strongly criticised England during a Fifa meeting back in June, but Bernstein announced that Grondona had retracted his remarks through a personal letter
Football Association president David Bernstein has revealed that he received a letter of apology from Argentine counterpart Julio Grondona, retracting the personal attacks he made during a Fifa congress.

The controversial administrator had launched a stinging tirade against England during a meeting held in June, calling FA directors 'pirates" and liars' and affirming that the country would only get his vote if they returned the disputed Falklands Islands to Argentine sovereignty.

But Bernstein made it known on Wednesday that the AFA supremo had since apologised for his remarks.

"I was pleased to receive a letter of apology from the Argentine FA president Grondona following his unacceptable comments about England in Zurich," the official stated during the Leaders in Football conference held in London.

He also affirmed that relations between England and Argentina were improving after the polemic, as well as those with Fifa and Uefa.

England saw their relationship with the governing bodies strained after a Panorama documentary alleged widespread corruption related to the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process, singling out Grondona and Brazil's CBF president Ricardo Teixeira among others. The rights to host the 2018 tournament eventually went to Russia.