Odisha FC Coach Who Made Post-Match ‘Rape’ Comment Is Sacked
Indian Super League club Odisha FC have sacked head coach Stuart Baxter after his distasteful post-match analogy caused headlines worldwide on Monday.
The 67-year-old former South Africa national team coach was widely criticised for an outburst after his side lost 1-0 to Jamshedpur, with Odisha denied a penalty late in the game.
Afterwards Baxter claimed that his players would need "to rape someone or get raped" if they were going to win a penalty. The club immediately offered an unreserved apology for the awful analogy, but on Tuesday decided to take things further and end the manager's spell at the club.
Head coach Stuart Baxter has been sacked by Odisha FC after he made this remark: "...One of my players would have to rape or get raped in the box to get a penalty."- Manasi Pathak (@ThatUnitedLady) February 2, 2021
Belittling sexual assault is unacceptable. A crass remark like that deserved consequences. https://t.co/RwOeplT9di
"Odisha FC has decided to terminate Head Coach, Stuart Baxter's contract with immediate effect. The interim coach for the remainder of the season will be announced soon," explained a club in a statement on Twitter.
Odisha are struggling in this season's Indian Super League. Monday's defeat leaves the team bottom of the table after 14 games, with just one win and five draws.
He legit said - "One of our players will have to rape someone or get raped himself if he was to get a penalty"- CONRAD BARRETO * (@conradbeckham) February 2, 2021
Has anyone said anything worse in #IndianFootball ? Great decision @OdishaFC :pray: https://t.co/aMNtFRdwhu
Odisha FC has decided to terminate Head Coach, Stuart Baxter's contract with immediate effect.- Odisha FC (@OdishaFC) February 2, 2021
The interim coach for the remainder of the season will be announced soon.#OdishaFC pic.twitter.com/FcrMPCDn5h
However it seems clear the sacking of Baxter is less to do with Odisha's poor form and more to do with the manager's dreadful choice of words in describing his frustrations with the officials on Monday.
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British coach Baxter has had success managing clubs in Japan, Sweden and South Africa, before he got the job of Bafana Bafana boss in 2017. He resigned in 2019 and took the Odisha role in 2020.
Inevitable after what he said on live television.- Subrata Roy (@roydebsubrata) February 2, 2021
Everyone is human, and in the heat of the moment people say or do things they don't really mean, but he has come from managing @KaizerChiefs and @BafanaBafana. This was too low from such an individual, or anyone.#ISL #Football https://t.co/P8U9Q0l66B
Good decision. Can't remember hearing anything worse said by a coach on TV. https://t.co/alI8dJxOnd- Akarsh Sharma (@Akarsh_Official) February 2, 2021
Swift decisive action from Odisha after Stuart Baxter's appalling comments. https://t.co/9yQhbxQcDP- Dev Trehan (@DevTrehan) February 2, 2021
This was inevitable,after that reprehensive act by Mr.Baxter .He deserves this!#isl- Supriyo Paul (@imvicky0505) February 2, 2021
That statement from Stuart Baxter in post match presentation is very unfortunate.. We didn't expect something like that from him.- Anish (@anishbehera61) February 2, 2021
He's not the first football coach or pundit to make a seriously regretful analogy, particularly when emotions are running high. But he has now seemingly paid for his error with his job.
Baxter has yet to comment on the incident.
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