Michel Platini has admitted he has been "too harsh" on Arsene Wenger - and revealed his father had scolded him for going over the top in his criticism of the Arsenal manager.
The UEFA president said Wenger had a business rather than a football mentality.
Now Platini has backtracked after his father Aldo, a former mentor of Wenger's at French club Nancy, stepped in.
Platini, in Bordeaux for a meeting of UEFA's executive committee, told local newspaper Sud Ouest: "I have been too harsh on Arsene. I have been told off by my father who set him on his way at Nancy."
Wenger had said he was surprised at how "aggressive" Platini had been, but Platini again called on top clubs like Arsenal to show restraint in recruiting young players from abroad.
He added: "When I talk about business what I am talking about is recruiting players when they are 13 or 14. I can't stand it."