Melbourne – Australia coach Holger Osieck has apologised 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 apologise,” the German-born coach told a media conference today.
Osieck was taking his seat at a press conference following Australia’s 4-0 win over Jordan yesterday 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”.
Looking at the waiting media, he added: “And you record that one as well? I am going to be the darling of all Australian wives.”
Osieck looked to downplay the remarks today.
“It was off the record and … a complete misunderstanding,” he said “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.”
Osieck and the Australia team now travel to Sydney for a crucial qualifier against Iraq.
Australia is in second place in Group B of Asian qualifying behind already-qualified Japan. Australia must beat Iraq to be assured of advancing directly to the 2014 World Cup, while a draw will leave it relying upon the result of the Oman-Jordan match the same day.
The top two teams in each group qualify, and the third-placed teams advance to a playoff.
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