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Socceroos boss in sexist gaffe

12 June 2013, 09:00

Melbourne - Australia coach Duncan Fletcher apologised on Wednesday after being caught on camera making a sexist slur, saying "women should shut up in public".

The German made the comment as he prepared to face the media after Australia beat Jordan 4-0 in Melbourne on Tuesday evening to move within one win of making the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.

As he was being seated in the press conference room, he could be heard saying lightheartedly to an official: "You want to sit here. You push me around like my wife."

He added: "There is a saying, it is a very ... er ... women should shut up in public.

"I say it to my wife at home, it is a private one, okay."

Realising he was on camera, a smiling Osieck continued: "And you record that one as well? I am going to be the darling of all Australian wives."

He apologised on Wednesday after his remarks made headlines and took some of the gloss off Australia's win.

"I got some information that it obviously created waves and that was definitely not the intent," Osieck told reporters.

"To everyone who may feel offended I offer a sincere apology.

"It was nothing against any women ... it was a complete misunderstanding," he added.

"I have a lot of respect to women. I've been married for a number of years and I'm pretty happy with my wife."

Football Federation Australia had no immediate comment.


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