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PSG-Basaksehir match interrupted for alleged racist remarks by fourth referee


The Champions League match between Paris SG and Turks of Basaksehir Istanbul was interrupted in the 16th minute on Tuesday and the players returned to the locker room, after an alleged racist incident involving the fourth referee of the match.

The staff of the Turks and the players, followed by those of the PSG, made the decision to leave the pitch after the exclusion of the Istanbul assistant coach Pierre Achille Webo, denouncing the racist remarks of the fourth referee against him.

After a first quarter of an hour of electric play, when the score was 0-0, the fourth referee Sebastian Coltescu asked the head referee to intervene to calm Pierre Achille Webo, too vehement after an arbitration decision.

It was then that Webo believes he was referred to by the term “Nigga” before receiving a red card from Ovidiu Hategan, head referee, Romanian as fourth referee Sebastian Coltescu.

Basaksehir’s replacement, the Franco-Senegalese Demba Ba, then asked the refereeing body why he designated a person according to his color when it was black and otherwise when it was white.

Paris SG players, including Neymar, Mbappé and Marquinhos, also came to ask for explanations.

After several minutes of discussion, the players of Basaksehir left the lawn, followed by those of the Parisian club.



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