Sunderland have condemned manager David Moyes' comments to a reporter as 'wholly unacceptable', but have confirmed he will continue with the club, Sky Sports have reported.
Moyes said to BBC reporter Vicki Sparks that she "might get a slap even though you're a woman" and told her to be 'careful' next time.
The former Manchester United coach has since apologised, claiming that he 'deeply regrets' his comments.
Some have called for Sunderland to dismiss Moyes, but the club have revealed that he will continue as manager.
Any punishment that may be handed out to Moyes has not yet been decided, but BBC Sport have reported that the FA have asked him to explain his words.
Sunderland are languishing at the bottom of the table after Saturday's 1-0 defeat against Watford, after which Moyes made the comments in the interview. The Black Cats are eight points from safety with nine games of the season remaining, without a win in five games.
The club are believed to be hopeful of keeping Moyes in a potential Championship promotion campaign, although recent events have cast major doubts over his future.
"I deeply regret the comments I made," Moyes said in his apology. "That's certainly not the person I am. I've accepted the mistake. I spoke to the BBC reporter, who accepted my apology."