Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter appears to have picked a fight with the club fans yet again by lashing out on those who criticize his players on social media.
Baxter was speaking in reference to the abuse Bernard Parker has been subjected to for years now following his brace against SuperSport United.
Parker’s two goals in Amakhosi’s 2-1 win over SuperSport United on Sunday saw him become the club’s all-time goalscorer in the PSL era with 60 official goals.
While Baxter admitted he can’t protect his players from social media abuse, his comment that he wouldn’t ‘criticise a brain surgeon on social media because I know nothing about it’ could leave a bitter taste in the mouths of Chiefs fans.
“I can’t shield players from social media. What you can do is try and flag up for them on the validity,” Baxter told reporters.
“In our world, I wouldn’t dare criticise a brain surgeon on social media because I know nothing about it but on social media today, people are free to express their opinions whether they are qualified or not and that tsunami then develops,” he said.
“I’m sure Bernard has experienced it. I’ve certainly experienced it, and Steven Gerrard was talking about it the other day.
“What you can do is, you can hope that people can deal with it because we need to work and deal with what is happening now, not what social media is saying or what they have said to make him a scapegoat,” added Baxter.
“You can only prepare him for that, you can’t shield him unless he has no social media like me. Then, it’s only what people tell you and people are very often willing to tell you that you’re being slaughtered on social media,” concluded Baxter.
In 2014 and 2015, Baxter had strong words for Chiefs supporters who constantly booed Kingston Nkhatha, and that didn’t go down well with the majority of them.
“It was amateurish and the fans must kick out that habit as it doesn’t only affect one player but the whole team,” said Baxter in one of his press conferences at the time.
“If people don’t get it, they just don’t get it. They are a disgrace,” Baxter added.