Odisha FC Sack Head Coach Stuart Baxter Following Derogatory Post-match Remark
Indian Super League team Odisha FC have sacked head coach Stuart Baxter for making an offensive comment while criticising a referee’s decision after the team lost to Jamshedpur FC. The British coach made a derogatory statement suggesting one of his players “will have to rape someone or be raped” to be awarded a penalty as his team suffered a 0-1 defeat in Bambolim, Goa.
Following the incident, the club issued a public apology and decided to terminate Baxter’s contract.
“Odisha FC has decided to terminate Head Coach Stuart Baxter’s contract with immediate effect. Interim coach for the remainder of the season will be announced soon”, the statement read.
The referee turned down a late penalty claim from Odisha FC after Diego Mauricio was tripped by TP Rehenesh in the penalty area. “You need decisions to go your way, and they didn’t. I don’t know when we are going to get our penalty. One of my players will have to rape someone or get raped himself if he was going to get a penalty”, said Baxter in the post-match interview.
The club was quick to issue a statement apologising for Baxter’s comments, emphasising that the 67-year-old’s views do not reflect their values.
“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”, the club tweeted on Monday. The tweet had also mentioned that the club management will be handling this matter internally.
Currently, Odisha FC is struggling at the bottom of the 11-team table in the league after managing just one win from the fourteen matches and enduring eight losses. The Bhubaneswar-based club faces an uphill battle to turn the tide in the remaining matches.