PSG and Istanbul Basaksehir players walk off during Champions League clash amid allegations of racism towards Turkish side’s Cameroonian assistant manager (photos/videos)

Written by on December 9, 2020

The Champions League match between Paris Saint-Germain and Istanbul Basaksehir was abandoned last night after the two squads walked off amid allegations of racism by fourth official Sebastian Coltescu.

The Group H encounter was suspended in the 16th minute after Basaksehir’s Cameroonian assistant manager, Pierre Webo was allegedly racially abused by the official after an incident on the touchline.

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Webo, 38, accused Coltescu of racism after being shown a red card, with footage from the incident appearing to show him saying in Romanian: ‘The black one over there. Go and check who he is. The black one over there, it’s not possible to act like that’ after Webo vehemently protested against a refereeing decision.

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Fourth official Sebastian Coltescu accused of making the racist remark on the touchline

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Basaksehir striker, Demba Ba was seen angrily confronting the official in question in defense of Webo before the players returned to the changing rooms in the French capital.

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The former Chelsea and Newcastle striker said on the pitch in protest when referring to a white person; “You never say ‘this white guy,’ you say ‘this guy. Why when you mention a black guy, you have to say ‘this black guy’?”

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After a lengthy delay, the game was eventually called off with the remaining minutes to be played on Wednesday at 6:55 pm local time with a new refereeing team in charge led by Holland’s Danny Makkelie.

A UEFA statement read: ‘Following an incident at tonight’s UEFA Champions League match between Paris Saint-Germain and Istanbul Basaksehir, UEFA has – after discussion with both clubs – decided on an exceptional basis to have the remaining minutes of the match played tomorrow with a new team of match officials.

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‘The kick-off has been set at 18:55CET. A thorough investigation of the incident that took place will be opened immediately.’

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