Australia coach Holger Osieck has rushed to apologise for a sexist joke he made following Socceroo' 4-0 win over Jordan in Tuesday's World Cup qualifier.
Speaking from Melbourne airport on Wednesday, Osieck said he used the phrase "women should shut up in public" as part of a light-hearted moment with a journalist prior to the post-match press conference following the win.
The incident started as Osieck spoke to Football Federation Australia media operations manager Adam Mark while taking his seat behind the desk at Etihad Stadium.
"You want to sit here?" Osieck asked Mark before saying in a joking tone of voice: "You push me around like my wife."
As Osieck sat down, a journalist informally asked him whether he had a phrase to describe the Socceroos' performance, as the German coach often refers to a specific saying during his conferences.
"No phrase tonight," Osieck said in response before adding.
"Well, there's an old saying," he added, before saying a phrase in Latin.
When asked to translate, Osieck said in a joking tone of voice: "That's a very, very .... women should shut up in public."
As some of the journalists present made aghast noises, Osieck added.
"I say it to my wife at home, but it is a private one."
But after a media storm erupted over the comments, Osieck was quick to apologise on Wednesday.
"[It was] a quote from Latin," said Osieck.
"I translated that quote and in order to clarify, the quote was from the apostle St Paul which he used in one of the of the early writings of Christianity in his parish in Anatolia.
Osieck seemed to be referring to 1 Corinthians 14:34, which states according to the 2011 New International Version of the Bible: "Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the law says."
Osieck added: "Now I get some information that it obviously created waves and that was definitely not the intent and to everyone who may feel offended by that, I would offer a sincere apology."
The coach said the comment had not been directed at any female organisers at Etihad Stadium as has been reported by some media organisations.
"I don't know how it's been taken in public but definitely, it was off the record," Osieck said.
"It was more a funny remark and I saw the YouTube [clip of the incident] as well and I put on that I used it at home to tell my wife, because sometimes she was a little bit, let's say, too talkative.
"So it was nothing against any women or whatever. It's definitely a complete mis-understanding."
When asked whether he believed in the comment, Osieck was quick to answer in the negative.
"Of course not," he said. "I mean, as I said, it was more meant as a joke to the journalist who asked me and there was no serious approach in it, 100 percent not.
"I mean I have a lot of respect to women and I have been married for a number of years and I'm still pretty happy with my wife so everything is ok."