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PSG Vs Basaksehir Champions League Game Suspended Over Alleged Racist Abuse By Official, UEFA Launches Investigation (Video)

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PSG Vs Basaksehir Champions League Game Suspended Over Alleged Racist Abuse By Official, UEFA Launches Investigation

Tuesday’s Champions League meeting between Paris Saint-Germain and Istanbul Basaksehir has been plunged into chaos when the Turkish side stormed off the field early in the first half, alleging that the club’s assistant coach had been racially abused by a match official.

Basaksehir assistant Pierre Webo, an ex-Cameroon international striker, was involved in a furious exchange with the fourth official, who had instructed the referee to send Webo off after he protested a call on the pitch.
PSG Vs Basaksehir Champions League Game Suspended Over Alleged Racist Abuse By Official, UEFA Launches Investigation

Webo and his club accused the fourth official of racial abuse in how he identified the Basaksehir assistant to the match referee.

Television microphones picked up a furious Webo repeatedly asking why a racist term had been used to describe him.

The game at the Parc des Princes stopped in the 14th minute, with the players walking off about 10 minutes later.

Basaksehir’s Senegal international striker Demba Ba, among the substitutes for the away side, could be heard remonstrating, saying;

When you mention a white guy, you never say ‘this white guy’, you just say ‘this guy’, so why when you mention a black guy do you say ‘this black guy?’

PSG Vs Basaksehir Champions League Game Suspended Over Alleged Racist Abuse By Official, UEFA Launches Investigation
Demba Ba in green jacket speaking to the referee.

Basaksehir’s players refused to continue playing, and after a short spell inactive on the pitch decided to retreat to the dressing rooms in protest.

PSG’s stars followed suit in solidarity with their rivals, leaving the Champions League clash in limbo.

The match, being played behind closed doors because of the coronavirus pandemic, is decisive for PSG who need a draw to clinch qualification for the last 16 from Group H, which also contains RB Leipzig and Manchester United.

PSG Vs Basaksehir Champions League Game Suspended Over Alleged Racist Abuse By Official, UEFA Launches InvestigationIn reaction to this, Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) said it will be conducting a thorough investigation into the alleged racism, saying racism and discrimination in all its forms, has no place within football.

The football union body added that following discussion with both clubs involved, the remaining minutes of the match will be played today at 18:55 CET (6:55pm Nigerian time) with a new team of match officials.

 

Watch a video for the incident below;

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