The English Football Association says FIFA senior vice president Julio Grondona has apologized for ''unacceptable'' comments about England.

The Argentine told the English to ''leave the FIFA family alone'' after ''telling lies'' when FA chairman David Bernstein tried to postpone Sepp Blatter's re-election as FIFA president at the congress in June.

Bernstein tells the Leaders in Football Conference that he ''was pleased to receive a letter of apology from the Argentine President Grondona following his unacceptable comments about England in Zurich.''

Bernstein says he has also held meetings with Blatter which were ''positive'' despite his criticism of FIFA in the wake of corruption scandals within world football's executive body.