Demba Ba Called Sebastian Coltescu To Discuss Incident After PSG Game
Demba Ba and Sebastian Coltescu have had a conversation following the controversial incident during Istanbul Basekshir's Champions League game against PSG last week.
The game was postponed a day as the players walked off the pitch in protest against Coltescu, who was the fourth official, after Basekshir assistant manager Pierre Webo was sent off.
DEMBA BA. QUEL HOMME :crown: pic.twitter.com/R5hJ1iEWpB- :panda_face:. (@HitchensIsBack) December 8, 2020
Coltescu was accused of referring to the former Cameroon international as 'the black guy,' as he told the referee which coach to show a red card to.
Ba was the first to react and confronted the official and the referee on the night to show his displeasure at the incident, with the Turkish champions refusing to restart the game until the Romanian fourth official had been replaced.
Now the former Chelsea striker and Coltescu have had a phone conversation, which was set up by former Senegal midfielder Ousmane N'Doye, who played in Romania with Dinamo Bucuresti.
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BREAKING: Demba Ba called Sebastian Coltescu after the incident in Paris! Former Senegal midfielder Ousmane N'Doye put them in touch! According to N'Doye, Demba "never said it was racism. He just thought Coltescu shouldn't use the word 'black' on a stadium. Coltescu understood". pic.twitter.com/HjDpRdL9dN- Emanuel Roşu (@Emishor) December 14, 2020
Speaking about the conversation N'Doye said, "I'm a big fan of peace. Both Coltescu and Demba called me after they spoke, they were impressed by the good talk they had. I'm sure it was just a misunderstanding."
"I know how Romanians are, I never had problems with racism over there. I tried to get Coltescu's number as soon as I could so I could encourage him, I know he's not racist."
Mbappe: "We can't play with this guy" :clap: pic.twitter.com/L8r2VIQKHw- Johannes Nessa (@TheRealNiemi) December 8, 2020
Speaking after the incident, former Manchester City defender Micah Richards warned against labelling the official as a racist, telling CBS Sports, "It's a difficult one, to be honest. Demba Ba was within his rights to say what he said. I think that's the whole problem in society, we're trying to label people as different.
"But, playing devil's advocate, it's difficult, because if we're in a room like we are now, and someone says 'the black person' or 'the black one', then I wouldn't take offence to that. So without knowing the context in which the word was used, it's very difficult to jump on either bandwagon."
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