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UEFA Inquiry Into PSG Vs Basaksehir Concludes There Was No Case Of Racism

UEFA Inquiry Into PSG Vs Basaksehir Concludes There Was No Case Of Racism

A UEFA inquiry into Paris Saint-Germain vs Istanbul Basaksehir - the Champions League match suspended after an official was accused of racism - has reportedly resulted in no charges.

Romanian football journalist, Emanuel Rosu, has reported: "UEFA's inquiry regarding the incidents at PSG vs Basaksehir involving the Romanian referees concluded it was NO CASE of racism in Paris."

He added: "There will be NO disciplinary action taken against Coltescu, Sovre or [then Basaksehir manager] Okan Buruk, who were all involved in the dispute."

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Sebastian Coltescu was the fourth official who identified Istanbul assistant manager, Pierre Webo, as "the black one" (using the Romanian word "negru") before the coach was sent off.

The language used, and Coltescu's way of picking out Webo, incensed Basaksehir substitute Demba Ba and his teammates. Eventually, both sides walked off the pitch and the game had to be finished 24 hours later, with a different set of officials in charge.

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The incident began when Webo was sent off after 14 minutes of the Champions League group game. Words were exchanged with the fourth official Coltescu and a heated debate continued on the sidelines at the Parc des Princes.

Former Newcastle striker Ba claimed the official referred to Webo as "the black guy". The video below shows Ba furiously remonstrating with a referee, stating: "You never say, 'This white guy.' Why when you mention a black guy, you have to say, 'this black guy?'"

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One of the officials responds that it is a miscommunication relating to "Romanian language".

On review of the footage, Kylian Mbappe encouraged his PSG colleagues to follow the Istanbul players off of the pitch. Both teams then left the field to head to the dressing rooms and did not return.

The following day, Paris Saint-Germain presented Webo with a signed shirt signed by the whole team.

The suspended fixture continued from the moment it was halted, after both sets of players and the officials had taken a joint knee around the centre circle. The game eventually finished 5-1 to PSG.

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In December, UEFA issued the following statement on the matter: "Following an alleged incident involving the fourth official, the match was temporarily suspended. After consultation with both teams, it was agreed that the match would restart with a different fourth official.

"UEFA will thoroughly investigate the matter and further communication will be made in due course."

Coltescu could have been hit with a lengthy ban if found guilty.

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UEFA are yet to officially comment on the result of their enquiry.

More to follow.

Topics: Football News, Paris Saint-Germain, Football, PSG, Istanbul Basaksehir

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