Argentina coach Diego Maradona is to be investigated by Fifa following his furious outburst after the World Cup victory in Uruguay on Wednesday.
Maradona delivered an expletive-laden tirade, broadcast on live TV, that was directed at reporters and critics after his side qualified for the 2010 finals.
Fifa president Sepp Blatter said there was "no alternative" but to ask Fifa's disciplinary committee to open a case.
Maradona, 48, could be banned for a minimum of five matches and fined.
However, the head of the Argentine Football Federation, Julio Grondona, claimed: "If it were another coach or player, the matter would not have had such importance.
"Everybody knows he's a temperamental person and he's already said he won't speak like that again."
Maradona has appeared on Argentine radio and television but on both occasions he refused to apologise to the press for his outburst.
"I don't have to apologise," he told Radio Continental on Thursday. "All I was doing was reacting to all those people who have spoken out against me. That's as far as it goes.
"I'm not going to perform a U-turn. Everyone knows what has been said. It seems to me that a lot of journalists wanted the national team not to qualify for the World Cup finals.
"For me, that's anti-Argentine and is something I can't forgive."
On Friday he told TyC Sports television: "I apologise to women, to my mother, to Argentinian women, to Uruguayan women and to women throughout the world. But only to them, not the others."
Fifa is understood to be investigating whether Maradona's comments breach Article 58 of the organisation's disciplinary code.
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