After his former side Odisha FC lost 1-0 to Jamshedpur, Baxter was unhappy with the refereeing of the match. So unhappy, that he found appropriate to introduce a sexual harassment idiom.
“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.” Baxter said after the match.
India, akin to South Africa, is a country where issues of rape are quite strife. Therefore, Baxter’s insensitivity to such a matter was highlighted.
Odisha FC have since relinquished Baxter from his coaching duties.
“Look‚ I think firstly it’s too early‚” SAFA President Tebogo Motlanthe told TimesLIVE when asked whether the organisation would ban Baxter from ever working in the country again.
“Yes‚ Safa stands strongly against any form of femicide. We stand strongly against any man who abuses women in any way or the other.
“But of course‚ whether it would warrant opposing Baxter working back in SA‚ or not‚ it is too early. We still need to really look at his statements and have a discussion internally and then take a position.
“Our emphasis is that we are against any form of femicide.” He said.
The newly-appointed CEO agreed with how Odisha FC dealt with the situation.
“Look‚ that’s why his club acted against him. I will always wear my legal cap to say he can’t then suffer double jeopardy
“But like I said‚ the organisational stance is not an individual one. Even the Eymael one‚ we discussed it. So I would need to discuss with key people in the organisation‚ then we will come with a clear position.” Motlanthe added
Under Baxter, Odisha only won 1 win from 14 matches. They currently sit at the bottom of the Indian Premier League table.
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