Melbourne: Australia coach Holger Osieck has apologized for his "women should shut up in public" comment that has overshadowed Australia's World Cup qualifying win over Jordan, saying it was off the record and meant only as a joke.
"I got information it created waves. That was not the intent. To everyone offended, I sincerely apologize," the German-born coach told a hastily-convened news conference Wednesday at Melbourne Airport.
Osieck was taking his seat at an official post-match news conference following Australia's 4-0 win over Jordan on Tuesday night when he jokingly accused a male Football Australia official of ordering him around "like my wife." In television footage posted online by the Australian Broadcasting Corp., Osieck then uttered the Latin phrase "Mulieres taceres in ecclesia", adding his own English translation as "women should shut up in public."