European football governing body, UEFA will be investigating what led to the incident that culminated in the suspension of PSG- Istanbul Basaksehir Champions League encounter on Tuesday night at the Parc De Princes.
The match started as scheduled simultaneously with the Manchester United Champions League match against RB Leipzig. But it had to be put on hold as when PSG’s players joined Istanbul Basaksehir’s players in the locker room after Basaksehir’s Assistant coach, Pierre Webbo claimed that he was racially abused by the fourth official of the match, Sebastian Coltescu.
According to reports, the assistant referee allegedly used a racially discriminatory word on the former Cameroon international. He reportedly called the assistant coach “negru” which means “black” in Romania.
This made Demba Ba, the star player of the team lead them out of the pitch and they were subsequently followed by the hosts.
UEFA had initially stated that the match will continue after things were calm and the fourth official will be replaced, but the visitors didn’t come out while PSG players did. The game was then subsequently postponed till Wednesday.
“UEFA is aware of an incident during tonight’s Champions League match between Paris Saint-Germain and Istanbul Basaksehir and will be conducting a thorough investigation. Racism, and discrimination in all its forms, has no place within football.
“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. The kick-off has been set at 18:55 CET,” a statement from UEFA reads.
A win for PSG against Istanbul Basaksehir will make them group winners as Leipzig sends Manchester United packing
Meanwhile, a 3-2 loss of Manchester United means the Red Devils have been relegated to the Europa League.
Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s men will now return to the competition they were ousted in the semi-finals by the eventual winner, Sevilla.
As it stands, PSG is second in the group behind Leipzig. Irrespective of the result of the rescheduled match against their Turkish visitors, PSG will advance to the next round.
But a win would take them to the top of the log – this stand them to be paired against a less weaker team who will emerge second in their group and the final leg of the knockout stage will be decided on their ground.
PSG have already been rated to win the encounter against Istanbul Basaksehir they had initially defeated 2-0 in Turkey, even without h their talismen, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.