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Socceroos manager Holger Osieck has said sorry for using an offensive and sexist term after their victory over Jordan on Wednesday

Australia coach Holger Osieck has apologised for making a sexist comment towards women following their 4-0 World Cup qualifying victory over Jordan on Wednesday.

The German initially claimed that “women should shut up in public” but later admitted that the outburst was a mistake and said he did not wish to cause offence with the remark.

"It was off the record and a complete misunderstanding,” Osieck told SBS.

“It was more meant as a joke and there was no seriousness in it. It was not my intent to offend everyone and I sincerely apologise.

“We shouldn’t take any remark [like this] literally.”

A goal each from Mark Bresciano, Tim Cahill, Robbie Kruseand Lucas Neill sealed the points against Jordan to leave them within three points of qualification to next summer’s World Cup.

The Socceroos are currently second in their group, seven points behind leaders Japan and play rock-bottom Iraq on June 18.

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