British coach Stuart Baxter sacked by Odisha FC after appalling ‘rape’ comment

British manager Stuart Baxter has been sacked by Indian Super League side Odisha FC following appalling comments in a live post-match interview.

Odisha were beaten 1-0 by Jamshedpur FC on Monday with former Preston and Stockport midfielder Baxter disappointed with some of the decisions made by the referee.

And he hit out while on a live TV interview on Star Sports, India’s largest sports broadcaster.

“You need decisions to go your way and they didn’t,” Baxter, who previously coached South Africa, said following the defeat.

“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.”

And, having initially tweeted that Baxter’s comments were “completely unacceptable”, Odisha FC have now sacked the 67-year-old.

Baxter departs having won just one of his ten games in charge having been initially appointed last June.

“Odisha FC has decided to terminate head coach, Stuart Baxter’s contract with immediate effect,” a tweet said.

“The interim coach for the remainder of the season will be announced soon.”

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Odisha are bottom of the Indian Super League table, five points behind tenth-placed East Bengal.

Baxter had previously managed England Under-19s before two spells in charge of the South Africa national team.

He also spent two years in charge of the Finland national team, having played as a midfielder for the likes of Preston, Morecambe and Dundee United.

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