Premier League chairman apologizes for FIFA rant

ROB HARRIS AP Sports Writer Published:

LONDON (AP) -- Premier League chairman Dave Richards has apologized for accusing FIFA and UEFA of stealing the game of football from the English.

Richards said in a statement to The Associated Press from Qatar that "I would like to apologize for any offense caused."

Following criticism of what he said, Richards says his "comments on the heritage of the game were intended to be lighthearted," adding that "I sincerely regret making them and any resulting negativity that may have been interpreted towards FIFA and UEFA."

Richards had earlier said that "England gave the world football. ... Then, 50 years later, some guy came along and said you're liars and they actually stole it. It was called FIFA."