FIFA president Sepp Blatter has been criticised for describing a female candidate for the football governing body's executive committee as "good, and good-looking".
Australia's Moya Dodd, vice-president of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), is one of four candidates for the inaugural women-only role at FIFA, although Blatter's comments have raised questions over the role of equality in football.
Following his gaffe, Blatter, speaking in Mauritius at the AFC's regional congress, backed Dodd for the position.
"I can tell you she's good. She's very good. So good luck," Blatter said.
Dodd is favoured for the position against candidates from Burundi, Turks and Caicos Islands and New Zealand, with a four-year team at FIFA on the line. The former Australia international denied she was offended by Blatter's comments, insisting the 77-year-old meant no harm.
"I was more focused on his earlier comments that I was a good candidate, a very good candidate," Dodd said. "Knowing him as I do, I certainly took no offence."