Resumption of PSG-Istanbul Basaksehir UCL match: Demba Ba and Pierre Webo face a referee for alleged racism


PARIS – Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League Group H clash with Istanbul Basaksehir on Tuesday was suspended and will not resume until Wednesday after a deputy official suffered racist abuse from an official. The game will resume at 12:55 p.m. ET on CBS All Access with Dutch referee Danny Makkelie brought in to officiate.

The incident happened just 14 minutes after the start of the tie before the two sets of players left the Parc des Princes pitch in the 23rd minute following an incident involving the team of arbitration and Turkish staff.

Basaksehir’s Cameroonian assistant, Pierre Webo, 38, received a red card and an incident then occurred between the former Cameroonian international and the fourth Romanian official Constantin Coltescu whom Süper Lig’s Turkish side deemed racist.

After long discussions, Basaksehir players left and PSG players followed suit in an unprecedented demonstration of solidarity at the level of the Champions League. UEFA said in a statement he “will conduct a thorough investigation into the matter” and that “racism and discrimination in all its forms have no place in football”.

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Basaksehir striker Demba Ba was seen angrily confronting the official in question in Webo’s defense before the players returned to the locker room in the French capital.

“You never say ‘that white guy’, you say ‘that guy’,” Ba said in protest, referring to a white person. “Why when you talk about a black man, you have to say” this black “? ”

At one point on Tuesday, PSG players were seen waiting in the tunnel in case they were fired. However, over an hour later, the game was still not back and PSG staff came out to collect items in the field.

Both Kylian Mbappe and Presnel Kimpembe have expressed their refusal to continue playing with Coltescu as the fourth official and the latter has announced that the PSG players will be leaving the pitch. Mbappe, Neymar and others took to Twitter after the exit:

UEFA issued the following statement to outline plans for Wednesday’s restart:

Following an incident during tonight’s UEFA Champions League match between Paris Saint-Germain FC and Istanbul Basaksehir FK, UEFA has – after discussions with the two clubs – decided on an exceptional basis to have the remaining minutes of the match tomorrow with a new match team. officials. Kick-off has been set for 18:55 CET.

UEFA, according to Basaksehir, also froze Webo’s red card, allowing the assistant to take his place on the bench for the match to be concluded.

RB Leipzig jumped PSG to the top of Group H with a 3-2 home win over Manchester United, sending the Red Devils back to the knockout stages of the Europa League. PSG would need a win on Wednesday to clinch first place in the group and get into a header for Monday’s UCL round of 16.

CBS Sports will continue to update this developing story as necessary.


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