TEHRAN (Iran News) -PSG & Istanbul Basaksehir Clash Rescheduled After Fourth Official Accused of Racism. PSG’s Champions League clash with Istanbul Basaksehir will be played on Wednesday after their initial meeting at the Parc des Princes was halted when the fourth official was accused of racially abused visiting assistant coach Pierre Webo.
In unprecedented scenes, the clash was halted in the 16th minute after Webo was a shown red card before both sets of players surrounded the officials amid allegations of a racist term being used.
The former Cameroon international was heard protesting: “Why did you say n*gro, why did you say n*gro?” after being dismissed, leading to a mass confrontation on the touchline.
Following lengthy and exceptionally heated discussions that involved former Chelsea and Newcastle striker Demba Ba, the players opted to leave the field in protest after consulting with one another –
with audible shouts of “respect” heard as they eventually disappeared off down the tunnel.
Superstar PSG duo Kylian Mbappe and Neymar were among those vocal in their support of leaving the field, with the latter immediately saying that “we can’t play” after hearing what the fourth official had allegedly said.
UEFA had harbored hopes that the game would resume with the fourth official removed from the touchline, swapping roles with the official appointed VAR for the night. However, with PSG’s players in the tunnel, Istanbul failed to re-emerge at 21:00 GMT, the time thought to have been agreed upon.
A subsequent statement from European football’s governing body announced an investigation into the incident will take place, reiterating that both teams had initially agreed to restart under the revised officiating terms.
It was eventually confirmed that the game would not be resumed on Tuesday night, and instead, the remaining minutes of the game will be played on Wednesday at 18:55 (17:55 GMT) with a completely new set of match officials.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has tweeted a message of support for Istanbul Basaksehir, their backroom staff, and Webo in particular, stating that the country is “unconditionally against racism and discrimination in sports and all areas of life”; a sentiment shared by the overwhelming majority on social media.
The game was goalless when play was stopped, with PSG hoping to seal qualification for the last 16 at the expense of either RB Leipzig or Manchester United.
- source : 90Min