18/12/2013 06:38 GMT | Updated 18/12/2013 06:56 GMT

Laurent Blanc, PSG Coach, Accused Of Sexism After Mocking Swedish Journalist

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Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc gives a press conference at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on November 26, 2013, on the eve of the UEFA Champions League football match against Olympiakos. After failing to get the job done in their last group game, Paris Saint-Germain will seek the draw required to qualify for the Champions League last 16 when they host a Kostas Mitroglou-inspired Olympiakos. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

Laurent Blanc, the Paris Saint-Germain coach, is at the centre of a sexism row after he mocked Swedish journalist Johanna Franden.

Aftonbladet reporter Franden, who covers compatriot Zlatan Ibrahimović at the Parisians, asked the 1998 World Cup-winner about PSG's switch from 4-4-2 to a 4-3-3 formation. Blanc's response was sardonic.

"Women talking football tactics, it’s so beautiful," Blanc said in a press conference. "I think it’s fantastic. You know what 4-3-3 means, don’t you?"

Franden replied: "It is my job to know what it means." Blanc continued to patronise her, however.

"I mean, there’s a lot of ways of playing. Ha ha – just joking," Blanc added.

Earlier this year, then-Australia head coach Holger Osieck said "women should shut up in public".

"I say it to my wife at home, it is a private one, OK?" the German asked, rhetorically.