Stuart Baxter sacked by Indian football club Odisha over comments about rape
The former British professional footballer commented on the referee’s decisions during his defeat in Jamshedpur on Monday.
Baxter told the Indian channel Star Sports, “You need a decision to go your way and they didn’t.” “I don’t know when we are going to get punished. I think one of my players has to be raped or if he is going to get punished he will have to rape himself.”
Odisha tweeted on Monday that it was “appreciated” by the comments.
“Whatever the context and does not reflect the club’s values, it is completely unacceptable,” the club wrote on Twitter. “We, at Odisha FC, apologize unreservedly and the club management will handle this matter internally.”
The club then released a statement on Tuesday stating that Baxter had been sacked.
“Odisha FC has decided to terminate the contract of head coach, Stuart Baxter, with immediate effect,” it said. “The interim coach for the rest of the season will be announced soon.”
Baxter began playing professional football in England with Preston North End and went on to a nomad managerial career. The 67-year-old received successful spells with the Kaiser chiefs in Sweden and South Africa before being hired by Odisha in June 2020 after a second spell with the South African national team.
The club currently sit below the Indian Premier League with only eight points from 14 matches.