Dr Rowan Williams, no stranger to controversy, has attacked Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger for his overuse of foreign players and lack of "killer touch".
Wenger played down claims that the archbishop had overstepped the mark.
"He's a football fan like any other and he's free to express his views," he told our correspondent. "I just profoundly disagree with them."
The archbishop made the comments during a segment on Soccer Sunday. He went on to complain about Wenger's increasing use of the fluid 4-3-3 formation, and suggested that packing the midfield would better suit the wider Emirates Stadium.
Although Dr Williams has criticised Wenger before, his comment formed the Church of England's most outspoken attack on the tactics of a Premiership manager in living memory.
Critics have wondered whether it is appropriate for the church to be so outspoken on what is essentially a footballing matter.
The Bishop of Leicester argued the opposite, and told our correspondent that it was "only right and natural" for Dr Williams - a Spurs fan - to speak candidly about footballing matters.
The archbishop refused to withdraw the comments, but did praise Wenger for his foresight regarding "slow boil" midfielder Cesc Fàbregas.