Odisha condemns Baxter for rape analogy

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Indian Super League club Odisha is “appalled” after former Bafana Bafana head coach Stuart Baxter used an offensive analogy about rape over a refereeing decision after losing to Jamshedpur on Monday.

Baxter coached South Africa before being hired last year by Odisha, which lost the match 1-0.

The ex-Kaizer Chiefs coach was left frustrated as the defeat meant his side remain rock-bottom on the log standings with just one win and eight points from the opening 14 matches of the season.

After the game, the Odisha mentor suggested that one of his players would need to rape someone or be raped in order to be awarded a penalty by the officials in the league.

This was after the referee denied his men what he thought was a clear penalty and expressed his views in the post-match press conference, where he shocked the world with his comments.

“You need decisions to go your way and they didn’t,” said Baxter in a post-match interview on Indian’s Star Sports television.

“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.”

Odisha tweeted: “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.”

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi  

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