Returning Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter has raised his voice to offer his apology over the derogatory comments he made in India which ultimately led to his sacking at Super League club Odisha earlier this year.
The Briton made disturbing comments in February after a defeat to Jamshedpur FC in the Indian Super League in relation to how his players will have to either rape or be raped to get a penalty decision their way.
He was then immediately fired.
Now, following his appointment at Chiefs for his second spell, Baxter has sought to put the matter to rest to avoid falling into the same pit that swallows Luc Eymael for racist utterances he made in Tanzania which led to him twice losing a job opportunity at Chippa United.
"Given the unfortunate nature of my exit from India and the unfortunate comments. To be very honest, stupid comments that I made, I felt strongly that I needed to make another apology before recommencing my work in South Africa," says Baxter.
"Anything that I said that offended anybody, I humbly apologise. I know that it is a heinous crime that it looked like I made light of, but I was not. That was absolutely not my intention. That does not reflect of me as a person. But I do know that many were upset and for that I am truly sorry. In the future there will not be an issue with me making such clumsy, insensitive, and downright stupid comments. I really hope that anyone who is offended by my insensitive words will accept this really heartfelt apology," he says.
Baxter meets the Chiefs players upon their return to training on Friday after being given days off following the end of the domestic campaign.