The apology comes after Downton criticised Pietersen’s attitude in an interview on BBC Radio on May 22.
Downton said Pietersen looked ‘disinterested’ and ‘distracted’ during the fifth Test of England’s disastrous Ashes series in Australia.
Pietersen, who was duly axed from the England setup, denied the claims.
The ECB and Downton issued an apology to Pietersen on Friday, saying some of the comments were in breach of the settlement agreement between the governing body and the 33-year-old – without specifying which.
An ECB statement read: “On May 22 during an interview on BBC Test Match Special, Paul Downton of the ECB made a series of comments about Kevin Pietersen with which Kevin takes issue, including the comments he made regarding his perception of Kevin’s attitude during the Sydney Test on last winter’s Ashes tour.
“Some of those comments were made in breach of a settlement agreement between the ECB and Kevin Pietersen, which was concluded at the time Kevin’s central contract was terminated earlier this year.
“Paul Downton and the ECB both apologise to Kevin Pietersen for those comments made that were in breach of the settlement agreement and have confirmed that they will abide by its terms moving forward.”
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