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UEFA Have Suspended Fourth Official From Paris Saint-Germain Vs Istanbul Basaksehir Game

UEFA Have Suspended Fourth Official From Paris Saint-Germain Vs Istanbul Basaksehir Game

UEFA have suspended the fourth official accused of racism in the Paris Saint-Germain vs Istanbul Basaksehir game back in December.

In the Champions League group stage clash, Basaksehir's assistant coach Pierre Webo was the subject of an alleged racial comment by Sebastian Coltescu and both sets of players agreed to walk off the pitch in the 14th minute as a result.

Webo had been sent off and it was claimed that Coltescu had identified him using his skin colour when communicating with the referee.

Former Chelsea and Newcastle striker Demba Ba, who was on the bench for the visitors, was particularly involved in the row.

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The Senegalese player was furious and while speaking to an official, he said: "You never say, 'This white guy.' Why when you mention a black guy, you have to say, 'this black guy.'"

Eventually, the game resumed a day later with a new set of referees and a UEFA investigation has seen Coltescu suspended until the end of the season for "inappropriate behaviour during a UEFA match for which he was appointed".

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Coltescu, along with assistant referee Octavian Sovre, must "attend an educational programme before June 30 2021."

Both sets of players were in solidarity and the new officials joined the two sides in taking the knee prior to PSG's 5-1 win the following day.

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According to Romanian outlet ProSport per Marca, Coltescu responded to the claims at the time by telling his family: "I just try to be good. I'm not going to read any news sites these next few days.

"Anyone who knows me knows that I'm not racist! At least that's what I hope."

Topics: Paris Saint-Germain, Football, Istanbul Basaksehir

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