Richards issues apology

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Premier League chairman Sir Dave Richards has apologised after claiming that FIFA and UEFA had "stolen" football from England following an unfortunate day in Qatar which ended with him falling face first into a pool.

Richards, who was taken to hospital in Doha for checks after tripping and falling into a fountain pool, made the remarks at a conference on Wednesday - comments which the Premier League and Football Association moved quickly to distance themselves from.

Richards apologised for any offence caused by the remarks at the International Sport Security Conference, saying he had intended to be "lighthearted" and that he would be writing to UEFA and FIFA to make that clear.

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