Osieck apologises over remarks

Australia coach Holger Osieck has apologised over an alleged sexist remark he made after the 4-0 win over Jordan in a World Cup qualifying match in Melbourne on Tuesday.

Last Updated: 12/06/13 at 10:14 Post Comment

Holger Osieck: Apologised for alleged sexist remark

Holger Osieck: Apologised for alleged sexist remark

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The German-born coach had just seen his side move up to second in Asian qualifying Group B when he quipped "women should shut up in public" to journalists.

Osieck was taking his seat at a press conference following the game when he jokingly accused a female Football Australia official of ordering him around.

Osieck then said something 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."

He added: "And you record that one as well? I am going to be the darling of all Australian wives."

On Wednesday Osieck tried to downplay the remarks, claiming they had been made off the record.

He told a media conference: "I got information it created waves. That was not the intent. To everyone offended, I sincerely apologise.

"It was off the record and ... a complete misunderstanding. It was more meant as a joke. There was no seriousness in it.

"If my wife knows I'll probably be in big trouble when I get home."

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