Stuart Baxter’s rape comment not a problem for SAFA

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The South African Football Association (SAFA) have said that Stuart Baxter’s controversial rape comments will not be an obstacle to him returning to Kaizer Chiefs as head coach.

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Stuart Baxter, who previously coached Kaizer Chiefs over two stints, is the last manager to deliver silverware for Amakhosi back in 2015/16.

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The Englishman has been heavily linked with returning for a third time after the sacking of Gavin Hunt.

Baxter has recently been the centre of controversy while coaching Odisha FC in India.

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In a post-match interview earlier this year Baxter said: “You need decisions to go your way‚ and they didn’t‚” he said in reference to the referees.

“I don’t know when we are going to get a penalty. I think one of my players will have to rape someone or get raped himself if he was going to get a penalty,” said Stuart Baxter.

Baxter was immediately fired by a fuming owner of the Indian side.

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Belgian mentor Luc Eymael was recently prevented by SAFA from coaching in the PSL again after calling his Young Africans side ‘illiterate’ and ‘monkeys’ while in charge of the Zambian Premier League outfit.

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But, SAFA spokesperson Dominic Chimhavi said that the association views Baxter’s issue differently from Luc Eymael’s.

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“The position of SAFA is that the two matters are different‚” said Chimhavi as quoted by TimesLive.

“With the Luc Eymael issue‚ we received correspondence from the Tanzanian Football Association to say this is what the guy had done‚ and it will be prudent that all African federations close ranks and show him there is no room for utterances like that on the continent.

“The difference with Baxter is that this happened in India. He apologised and they smoked the peace pipe‚ shook hands and it was over. From SAFA’s perspective‚ there won’t be a problem if Kaizer Chiefs were to hire him to become their coach. No problem at all.”

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