Indian Super League side Odisha ‘appalled’ by their manager Stuart Baxter after Englishman went on bizarre rant and claimed his players must ‘rape or be raped to get a penalty’
- Stuart Baxter was furious with refereeing after a defeat in Indian Super League
- He made comment that his players must ‘rape or get raped’ to win a penalty
- Odisha released a statement saying they are ‘appalled’ by ‘unacceptable’ remark
An English manager in charge of Indian Super League side Odisha – Stuart Baxter – has claimed his players must ‘rape or get raped to win a penalty’.
The extraordinary outburst came when Baxter conducted a post-match interview having seen his team lose 1-0 to Jamshedpur.
The 67-year-old went on a bizarre rant and said: ‘You need decisions to go your way, and they didn’t. I don’t know when we are going to get a penalty. I think one of my players will have to rape someone or get raped himself if he was going to get a penalty.’
Stuart Baxter, who manages Odisha in the Indian Super League, is in hot water for his remark
The club released a statement on their social media channels condemning his words
Baxter, former manager of South Africa and Finland, has been condemned by Odisha for his remarks.
A club statement read: ‘The club is appalled at the comments made by Head Coach, Stuart Baxter during the post-match interview today,’ they said in a statement.
‘It is completely unacceptable whatever the context and does not reflect the values of the club.
‘We, at Odisha FC, unreservedly apologise and the club management will handle this matter internally.’
Odisha are bottom of the Indian Super League having picked up eight points in 14 games so far this season.
Odisha had gone down 1-0 against Jamshedpur and Baxter went on a bizarre rant
Baxter spent his playing career in the English leagues with Preston, Morcambe and Stockport before moving abroad to the likes of Sweden, Australia and the USA.
He took charge of England Under-19s in 2002-04, followed by the Bafana Bafana the next year and then again between 2017-19.
Baxter took the job with Odisha last year but it remains to be seen whether he will remain in his post following his post-match outburst.