Sir Alex Ferguson has apologised to referee Alan Wiley for any embarrassment caused by his sustained attack on the official's fitness after last week's encounter between Manchester United and Sunderland at Old Trafford.
Immediately after the 2-2 draw Ferguson questioned whether Wiley had the necessary fitness to take charge of such a keenly contested Premier League match and claimed that at periods during the game he needed a rest.
.But the Scot has decided it was not the wisest choice of words, and said: "I apologise to Mr Wiley for any personal embarrassment my comments may have caused and to the FA for going public with my views."
He added: "In retrospect I accept that they could be deemed as expressing those views in an inappropriate form.
"It was never my intention to bring the focus of intense media interest on Mr Wiley and I will apologise to him personally when I return from an overseas trip during the international break."
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