ISL to train refs after Baxter comments

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The Indian Super League has sought external help to improve the standard of its match officials, just days after Stuart Baxter was sacked for his controversial comments aimed at the referees.

All India Football Federation (AIFF) general secretary Kushal Das has confirmed that the Indian Super League (ISL) has approached the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) to help improve the quality of its referees and minimise the frequency of controversial decisions.

The move comes just days after Baxter was fired by Odisha FC for making disparaging remarks at the officials following his side's 1-0 defeat to Jamshedpur, while East Bengal's coach Robbie Fowler was slapped with a four-match ban after making "insulting" comments soon after.

"We are seeking the expertise of PGMOL to help us in this regard. I'm sure, those efforts will help the match officials improve considerably in due time," Das told PTI h/t The Times of India.

"AIFF referee, league and competitions department along with FSDL [Football Sports Development Limited, that runs the ISL) are working jointly to improve the quality of refereeing and minimise the number of doubtful decisions."

Per the report, the PGMOL was founded in 2001 to help improve the standard of refereeing and provides referees and other match officials to the Premier League in England, as well as to the English Football Association's other competitions.

Baxter was fired last week after claiming that one of his players would have to "rape someone" in order to be awarded a penalty by the match officials.

"You need decisions to go your way, and they didn't," the 67-year-old said. "I don't know when we are going to get our penalty. One of my players will have to rape someone or get raped himself if he was going to get a penalty..."

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