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Soccer-ISL's Odisha sack coach Baxter for 'unacceptable' rape comment

Soccer-ISL's Odisha sack coach Baxter for 'unacceptable' rape comment

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Africa Cup of Nations 2019 - Group D - South Africa v Namibia - Al Salam Stadium, Cairo, Egypt - June 28, 2019 South Africa coach Stuart Baxter REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

REUTERS: Indian Super League (ISL) side Odisha have sacked head coach Stuart Baxter for making "unacceptable" comments referencing rape in a post-match interview.

Baxter, who was previously South Africa's head coach, said after his team's 1-0 defeat by Jamshedpur on Monday that one of his players "would have to rape someone or get raped himself if he was going to get a penalty."

Odisha issued an apology on Monday, saying they were "appalled at the comments", which were "completely unacceptable whatever the context."

The club announced that the 67-year-old Englishman had been sacked on Tuesday.

"The interim coach for the remainder of the season will be announced soon," Odisha said on Twitter https://twitter.com/OdishaFC/status/1356505984693374980.

Baxter took the reins at Odisha in June, signing a two-year contract. The club are currently bottom of the 11-team ISL, with one win, eight defeats and five draws so far.

(Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

Source: Reuters

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