Indian Super League side Odisha FC has sacked head coach Stuart Baxter on Tuesday after the Englishman used an offensive rape analogy to criticize poor refereeing decisions during a post-match interview.
The former South African coach who was speaking after his team’s 1-0 defeat against Jamshedpur FC, was very unhappy with some of the decisions made by the referee and decided to go all out on live television. He said: “I don’t know when we’re going to get a penalty. I think one of my players would have to rape someone or get raped himself if he was going to get a penalty.” This did not go well with the media and fans in India as many took to social media to criticize the comments made by the 67-year-old.
Odisha FC on Monday said that they are “appalled” by the remarks made by their head coach and labelled it as “completely unacceptable”. “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.”
Odisha FC on Tuesday announced that they have decided to part ways with the coach and a decision to end the Englishman’s contract with the club has been made. “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,” the club said on their official Twitter account.
Odisha FC is currently sitting last in the Indian Super League with just 8 points from 14 matches played and the defeat on Monday reduced their chances of securing a semi-final spot.