Manchester: Sir Alex Ferguson has welcomed an apology from FIFA president Sepp Blatter over his controversial comments on racism in football.
But the Manchester United manager was critical on Friday of remarks in relation to his French left back Patrice Evra being allegedly racially abused by Liverpool striker Luis Suarez.
The Football Association charged the Uruguay international on the same day Blatter claimed there was "no racism in football" and any racist abuse on the field could be settled by a handshake at the end of a match.
While United have remained silent on the Evra row, Ferguson claimed Liverpool had been "drip-feeding" comments in support of their player and he also felt it was "inappropriate" for Gus Poyet, the Brighton manager, to accuse Evra of "crying like a baby" as he denied his compatriot Suarez was a racist.
"We have been asked by the FA not to say anything about the Evra situation and we have abided by that," said Ferguson.
"I think Liverpool have been drip-feeding a lot of stuff out in the last couple of weeks, but at the end of the day, the FA will deal with that.
"I'm more surprised by Gus Poyet's remarks. I think that's inappropriate at the time when people throughout the world are condemning racism and I think he's chosen the wrong time.
"I can understand he wants to support someone from his country but he's got to think more about it.
"I think he's just supporting someone from his country and I don't know how the question was loaded to him, but it seems his criticism of Evra is a bit silly."
United defender Rio Ferdinand vented his fury at Blatter on Twitter, but Ferguson added: "Rio knows the parameters of which we allow him to go and not discuss anything related to Manchester United. So he can Twitter as much as he likes as long as it doesn't affect us.
"I think Sepp Blatter has apologised and that's fine. I think that's appropriate."
Ferguson's focus on the field will turn to Swansea on Saturday with the Welsh club impressing on their return to the top flight and they will provide a stern examination for the champions, who are currently five points behind Manchester City in second place.
"Everyone's been taken by Swansea and the way they have played, and kept their philosophy of playing attacking football," he said.
"We know we have got a tough game but that's the way our league is. We have an opportunity now to get consistency and good form.
"By January 1 we hope we are in the right position in the league which is always an important time for me, always crucial in my diary that we get there in good order at that time of the year."
Ferguson will be without Tom Cleverley until Christmas as his ankle ligament injury has been worse than first feared.
But he is confident he has enough cover and quality in midfield with Phil Jones providing another option after his performances for England in friendly wins over Spain and Sweden led to coach Fabio Capello comparing the teenager to Italian legend Franco Baresi.
"Since he has joined us his improvement has been eye catching," said Ferguson.
"We know he's 19 and we know it's a big step from Blackburn to United, but he's been absolutely fantastic.
"He can play anywhere. He's versatile, two-footed, quick and has a good perception of the game.
"I'm not surprised by what Fabio has been saying and he can be a really influential player for us and England in the next few years."
Ferguson also revealed United will take up an option to extend striker Dimitar Berbatov's contract rather than look to sell him in January.
"There's absolutely no reason for me to let him go. He's an outstanding footballer," he added.
"In the context of our game you need a good number of strikers in the modern-day competitions.
"Going back to 1999 we had four great strikers and they all played their part and that's exactly what's going to happen today."