Melbourne: Australia coach Holger Osieck has apologized for a sexist jibe that "women should shut up in public", made after his team's World Cup qualifying win over Jordan, saying it was off the record and not said seriously.
"I got information it created waves. That was not the intent. To everyone offended, I sincerely apologize," the German-born coach told a media conference Wednesday.
Osieck was taking his seat at a press conference following Australia's 4-0 win over Jordan on Tuesday when he jokingly accused a Football Australia official of ordering him around. Osieck then quoted a saying in German, before translating it as "women should shut up in public. I say it to my wife at home, it is a private one, OK."