Racism scuttles PSG v Istanbul Basaksehir game at Parc Des Princes
Updated: 9th June 2023
In an unprecedented incident in European football's premier club competition, Paris Saint-Germain's final group game in the ongoing 2020-21 Champions' League with Istanbul Basaksehir had to be abandoned following allegations of racism by one of the match officials.
Matters got out of hand when Basaksehir assistant coach and former Cameroon international Pierre Webo was shown a red card during a heated argument on the touchline with a fourth official Sebastian Coltescu who used a derogatory racial word in the verbal duel between the two.
Istanbul Basaksehir left the field first 10 minutes later and PSG followed with center back Presnel Kimpembe and striker Kylian Mbappe among the PSG players who made the decision for the team to follow the Istanbul club's lead.
PSG who are already through to the Round of 16 after RB Leipzig's win over Manchester United, need to defeat Istanbul to move to the top of the table.
There followed a wait of around two hours before official confirmation that the game would not resume on Tuesday. During that period, PSG players could be seen warming up in the tunnel expecting a resumption, but their opponents did not re-emerge.
Demba Ba leads players off pitch
The president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said he believed the UEFA would “take the necessary steps”.
“We are unconditionally against racism and discrimination in sports and in all areas of life,” Erdogan tweeted.
The already eliminated Basaksehir side will finish in the fourth place in the group regardless of Wednesday's results with the club accruing just 3 points from the first five outings.
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