Former Bafana Bafana and Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter has been sacked by Odisha FC in India, after making offensive comments in a post match presser after a 1-0 loss to Jamshedpur.
Baxter made headlines on Monday, after saying, “I think one of my players would have to rape someone or get raped himself if he was going to get a penalty.”
The Odisha had immediately distanced themselves from Baxter’s comments. “The Club is appalled at the comments made by Head Coach, Stuart Baxter during the post-match interview today. It is completely unacceptable whatever the context and does not reflect the values of the club. We, at Odisha FC, unreservedly apologize and the club management will handle this matter internally,” the club had tweeted soon after the comments of Baxter turned into a raging controversy.
“I’ll blame it on poor decision making in our defending, not brave enough in our build-up play and not keeping our balance and shape. I thought once we got into the final third our movement was quite good. As the game went further into the 90 minutes the level of nervousness goes up so you don’t play with the same precision. That’s also something. Lack of imagination is something I would like to criticise but I won’t blame,” said Baxter.
The club and owner apologised on social media after the comments, but took the step to dismiss Baxter.