Indian Super League side Odisha FC sacked head coach Stuart Baxter with immediate effect for his remarks mentioning rape following the team’s defeat to Jamshedpur FC.
The club stated that an interim manager for the remainder of the season will be announced soon.
Odisha FC club president Rohan Sharma confirmed that the sacking was only because of the remarks made by Baxter and not the team’s form.
Odisha FC lost a tightly-contested encounter with Jamshedpur FC on Monday night, leaving Baxter displeased by the refereeing.
The 67-year-old coach from England, in an interview after the match with broadcasters Star Sports, ended up making a statement that didn’t go down well with the club.
“I have to say, you need decisions to go your way and I don’t know what we have to do to get a penalty. One of my players would have to rape or get raped in the box to get a penalty,” said Baxter.
The club was quick to issue an apology for the remarks and put out this statement on Monday night.