Paris St-Germain’s match against Istanbul Basaksehir ended in controversy when a match official was accused of using a racist language against one of the away side’s backroom staff but the game has been rescheduled to resume on Wednesday.
Istanbul claimed that the fourth official Sebastian Coltescu used the racist term towards their assistant coach Pierre Webo.
Former Cameroon international Webo has flashed a red card in an exchange on the touchline, Istanbul players walked out of the pitch in protest, with PSG players following as well.
The controversy erupted only 14 minutes into the Champions League Group H game, and no side has scored at the time. On Wednesday the match will reopen from the 14th minute, with a new set of officials to officiate. Kick-off will be at 17:55 GMT.
Meanwhile, PSG is already through to the last 16 after Manchester United suffered a demeaning loss to RB Leipzig.
“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. A thorough investigation on the incident that took place will be opened immediately,” Uefa said in a statement.
Istanbul forward Demba Ba, who was a substitute, could be seen on the touchline asking the official, “Why, when you mention a black guy, do you have to say this black guy?”
TV video also revealed PSG defender Presnel Kimpembe saying, “Is he serious? We are heading in. We’re heading in. That’s it, we’re heading in.”
PSG players were warming up in the tunnel awaiting the match to come back, but the Instabul team didn’t pitch before it was later announced the game will be finished Wednesday.
PSG forward Kylian Mbappe later tweeted, “Say no to racism. Webo we are with you.”
SAY NO TO RACISM. ❌❌❌
M.WEBO WE ARE WITH YOU. ✊🏽
— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) December 8, 2020
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey, said he believed Uefa would “take the necessary steps,” tweeting, “We are unconditionally against racism and discrimination in sports and in all areas of life,” he wrote on Twitter.
— İstanbul Başakşehir (@ibfk2014) December 8, 2020