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PSG, Istanbul Basaksehir players walk off after alleged racism by match official

Players of PSG and Istanbul Basaksehir walked off the pitch after an alleged racist remark from a fourth official during their Champions League.

By: AP | Paris | Updated: December 9, 2020 2:55:45 pm
PSG, Istanbul Basaksehir left the pitch after accusations of racism in their game. (AP/Screengrab)

The Champions League game between Paris Saint-Germain and Basaksehir has been interrupted after players walked off the field on Tuesday after alleging a fourth official used a racial slur against an assistant coach.

Players from the Turkish team were furious after assistant coach Pierre Webo was shown a red card by the match referee Ovidiu Hategan of Romania at Parc des Princes, saying that the fourth official had used a racial term against Webo, who is from Cameroon, before he was sent off.

Basaksehir substitute Demba Ba demanded that the fourth official — Sebastian Coltescu of Romania — explain himself.

While PSG players Neymar and Kylian Mbappe also demanded an explanation. Basaksehir coach Okan Buruk said “you are racist” to Coltescu.

The scored was 0-0 when the incident took place about 15 minutes into the match.

Later on, UEFA, in a statement said that match between Paris and Istanbul will restart with a new fourth official.

“Following an alleged incident involving the fourth official, the match was temporarily suspended. After consultation with both teams, it was agreed that the match would restart with a different fourth official,” said the statement.

“UEFA will thoroughly investigate the matter and further communication will be made in due course.”

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