The Champions League-game between Paris Saint-Germain and Istanbul Basaksehir was suspended until the day the players of both teams left the field on Tuesday because the official had made racist remarks against the Turkish assistant coach.
The Turkish side was furious and claimed that the fourth Romanian official Sebastian Koltescu had used a racist term against Cameroon-born assistant coach Pierre Webo before Webo was sent to Princes Park by Romanian referee Ovidiu Hategan.
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Our assistant coach, Pierre Webo, was sent to the 4th official referee of the match with a racist note. The match was suspended for a while, Istanbul Basaksehir said on the club’s official Twitter feed.
The chairman of Basaksehir said the players will not return to the field until the fourth referee arrives.
Following the alleged incident involving the fourth official, the match was temporarily suspended, according to a statement by the umbrella organisation for European football, UEFA.
After consultation with both teams, it was agreed that the game would be resumed with a fourth official.
UEFA will examine this issue in detail and a further communication will be published in due course.
Fault! The file name is not specified. Players from Saint-Germain de Paris and Basaksehir of Istanbul storm the sensory line after calls for racism during a Group H Champions League match. FRANCK FIFE/AFP Photo on Getty Images.
UEFA has announced that the match will be played on Wednesday at 12.55 pm in the 13th minute. The minute passes. ET (18:55 Paris time) with new officials.
Danny McKelly is appointed the new arbiter. The other referees are the Dutch Mario Dix and the Poles Marcin Bonek and Bartosz Frankowski.
The fourth civil servant, Koltescu, spoke Romanian on television recordings: The black’s over there. Go see who he is. Black there, after Webo angrily protested against the judge’s decision, can’t do that.
Basaksehir’s replacement, Demba Ba, has asked Hategan several times why, when you call a black person, you have to tell this black person?
The TV footage also featured PSG defender Presnel Kimpembe saying: Is he serious? We’re on our way. We’re on our way. Okay, here we go.
UEFA offered to replace the fourth referee and the VAR assistant referee, but Basaksehir refused to resume play because they wanted the fourth referee to be completely out of the match.
Basaksehir posted a UEFA No Racism banner on Twitter – a message that PSG sent to its own official account.
PSG players Mbappe and Kimembe also tweeted their support for the Basaksehira players before the end of the match.
TO SAY NO TO RACISM. ❌❌❌
MR.WEBO SHE AND I. ✊
– Kilian Mbappe (@KMbappe) 8. December 2020.
The Turkish Football Association also publishes information on social networks: Racism is never acceptable. We condemn it in the strongest terms. We will follow this matter closely. We support our representative Basaksehir.
After the game, PSG tweeted: Any form of racism is contrary to the values propagated by Paris Saint-Germain, its chairman, employees and participants.
French Sports Minister Roxana Marasinyanu supported the players’ decision to leave the field.
Today the athletes have made an historic decision against the background of an attitude that they found unacceptable, they have twittered. The expression of ordinary racism.
We await the results of the research, but I can only applaud the strong symbolism of his gesture and solidarity.
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan also condemned the alleged racist accusations of Twitter: I strongly condemn the racist remarks made against Pierre Webo, the technical officer of Basaksehir, and I trust that UEFA will take the necessary measures.
Despite the end of the game, PSG ended up in the Champions League knockout tournament by beating Manchester United 3-2 against RB Leipzig.
The information from Reuters has been used in this report.