UEFA suspended this Monday, March 8 until the end of the season Romanian referee Sebastian Coltescu, accused of having uttered a racist term during the Champions League match between Paris SG and Basaksehir Istanbul, interrupted by players on December 8.
A referee accused of racism during the PSG-Basaksehir match: the story of the events
Sebastian Coltescu was penalized for “Inappropriate behavior”, as well as his compatriot Octavian Sovre, assistant referee punished more lightly by ” reprimand “, after the assistant coach of the Turkish club, Cameroonian Pierre Achille Webo, was indignant at being appointed as ” black “ in Romanian (“Negru”) by one of the two men.
A sanction accompanied by the follow-up of an “educational program”
The UEFA disciplinary commission, which will publish its detailed decision at a later date, does not specify who uttered this word: Sebastian Coltescu had been nominated first by Pierre Achille Webo, before a subsequent analysis of the recording by several Romanian media do not shift suspicion to Octavian Sovre.
In addition, the internal justice of the authority does not sanction the two men for “Racist or discriminatory conduct” (article 14 of its rules), but on the basis of its article 11, which fixes “General principles of conduct” in the field and forbids, for example, insults.
UEFA orders two referees to follow “An educational program” by the end of June, the objective and content of which are not specified. And the disciplinary commission of the European body believes that referees should be better trained “To make better decisions about the choice of language and words used in UEFA competitions”.
Webo also sanctioned for “unsportsmanlike behavior”
Last December 8, unprecedented at this level of competition, players from PSG as from Istanbul left the pitch in the 13th minute of play after protests from Basaksehir’s management about comments sent by radio to the main arbiter on Pierre Achille Webo.
The author of the term “Negru”, first identified as Sebastian Coltescu, deplored the reaction of the Cameroonian technician to an arbitration decision, considered too vehement and which earned him an expulsion from the sidelines.
Pierre Achille Webo was also sanctioned Monday by the UEFA disciplinary commission, receiving a suspension match for “Unsportsmanlike behavior”. UEFA specifies that this sanction follows the red card he received at the edge of the pitch, “Before the incidents” and the protest of the actors of the meeting.
The match finally resumed the next day for the remaining 76 minutes, with a new referee team. Banners had been deployed at the Parc des Princes, the players had dropped to one knee, and PSG had won 5-1.