The latest in a series of misfortunes for Odisha FC, the club have decided to part way with their head coach Stuart Baxter after rape remarks he made in the post match interview. Stuart Baxter made an unsavoury comment on rape to criticise a refereeing decision after his team’s loss to Jamshedpur FC early on Tuesday. Baxter cited his displeasure in the refereeing when an Odisha’s penalty claim was turned down by the referee. Diego Mauricio was tripped by TP Rehenesh late in the game, but was too little for the referee to award a penalty. Disappointed, the Englishmen stated his displeasure on live tv to bring more pressure on the Odisha FC management.
“You need decisions to go your way, and they didn’t. I don’t know when we are going to get a penalty. One of my players will have to rape someone or get raped himself if he was going to get a penalty”
Baxter said in the post-match interview.
The club issued a public apology after the Englishman stated his players “will have to rape someone or be raped” to receive a penalty in the game. The remark received a storm of criticism, which led the club to come up with an official apology issuuing a statement stressing that Baxter’s views do not reflect its values.
“Odisha FC have decided to terminate Head Coach Stuart Baxter’s contract with immediate effect an Interim Coach for the remainder of the season will be announced soon”
the club issued a statement later on Tuesday to finally relieve the Englishmen of his duties.
“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 had tweeted.
Odisha are struggling to cope with poor form as they are languish at the bottom of the table managing just one win in 14 matches and enduring eight losses.
Meanwhile Mohammad Rahman’s 41st-minute goal in a tightly fought contest gave Jamshedpur FC a 1-0 win over Odisha FC. The win broke Jamshedpur’s five-game winless streak and leapfrogged them from eighth place to sixth in the table. Elsewhere, Bengaluru FC finally ended their winless streak of eight matches with an excellent display to beat SC East Bengal 2-0 on Tuesday. Goals in the first half through Cleiton Silva (12′) and a Debjit Majumder own goal (45′), helped Bengaluru FC leapfrog Jamshedpur FC in the table.
East Bengal had the majority of possession especially in the opening half, but they lacked efficiency in the final third, failing to have a single shot on target. East Bengal’s struggles in the final third continued after the change of ends, with Fowler’s team failing in both halves to create a clear cut chance.
Kerala Blasters are desperate for a win in order to boost their 2020-21 Indian Super League (ISL) play-off chances when they face Mumbai City at the GMC Stadium in Bambolim, today.