The Champions League duel between Paris Saint-Germain and Istanbul Basaksehir was canceled on Tuesday evening after both players left the field on charges of racism by fourth official Sebastian Coltescu.
The Group H encounter was cut midway through the first half after an incident on the line of contact involving Pierre Webo, Basaksehir's assistant manager.
After a long delay in the Parc des Princes, the game was finally abandoned and the remaining minutes will now be played on Wednesday at 6:55 p.m. local time with a new referee team under the direction of Dutchman Danny Makkelie.
PSG and Istanbul Basaksehir players left when their match was abandoned on Tuesday
Pierre Webo (R), Basaksehir's deputy general manager, was allegedly a victim of racial abuse
The footage of the incident appears to show that someone & # 39; n **** & # 39; says when trying to identify Webo
The fourth officer, Sebastian Coltescu, was charged with making the racist remark on the contact line
THE NEW REFEREEING TEAM
Referee: Danny Makkelie (Ned)
Assistant refs: Mario Diks (Ned), Marcin Boniek (Pol)
Fourth official: Bartosch Frankowsky (Pol)
VAR: Marco Di Bello (Ita)
AVAR: Maurizio Mariani (Ita)
Reserve assistant ref: Jacub Winkler (Pol)
According to a statement by UEFA: “Following an incident during today's UEFA Champions League game between Paris Saint-Germain and Istanbul Basaksehir, UEFA decided – after discussions with both clubs – to play the remaining minutes of the game with a tomorrow new team of game officers.
& # 39; Kick-off has been set at 18: 55CET. A thorough investigation of the incident will be initiated immediately. & # 39;
Webo accused Coltescu of racism after he was dismissed. The footage of the incident seemed to be saying in Romanian, “The black guy over there. Go check out who he is. The black guy over there, it's not possible to act like that, ”after Webo vehemently protested a referee's decision.
Webo was furious on the contact line and had to be held back by other coaches.
He was shown a red card in the 16th minute and the Turkish team's players and staff left the pitch after talking to referee Ovidiu Hategan for around 10 minutes.
"Our players decided NOT to return to the field after our assistant coach Pierre Webo was exposed to racist behavior by the 4th Official," Istanbul Basaksehir said on Twitter.
An angry Webo is led away from the contact line by an agent in Basaksehir's back room
Former Chelsea and Newcastle striker Demba Ba was furious and confronted the officials
Both groups of players left the field and returned to the dressing room to protest together
The Parc des Princes is empty, both players have returned to the dressing room
There was speculation that the game would restart at 10pm local time, but PSG players had to wait in the tunnel for the Turkish side.
Basaksehir players reportedly refused to restart if Coltescu continued to participate in the game as a VAR official.
A new fourth officer on the line of contact would have asked Coltescu to continue as a VAR with UEFA rules that require two officers to be in the video verification area. However, there was no one to fill the role.
According to RMC, Demba Ba and Marquinhos planned for both teams to go back onto the field hand in hand.
However, some Basaksehir players were against the idea and were later seen leaving the stadium and getting on the team bus to return to their base for the evening.
Former Chelsea and Newcastle striker Ba was at the forefront of the Turkish side's protests before they left the pitch and asked Coltescu to explain his language.
Members of the Basaksehir staff leave Parc des Princes after the incident
Basaksehir players sit in the team bus and prepare for the way back to the hotel
The game will now be concluded on Wednesday with a different group of officials
Ba, a substitute for the Turkish side, asked Coltescu to wonder why he had used the term to identify Webo.
He said, "You never say" that white guy ", you say" that guy "so why, when you mention him … listen to me … why, when you mention a black guy, why do you say" that black guy " . & # 39;
PSG players immediately followed their Turkish counterparts down the tunnel and the game at Parc des Princes was interrupted 0-0.
TV footage also showed PSG's French defender Presnel Kimpembe saying, “Is he serious? We go in. We go in. That's it, we're going in. & # 39;
Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Marquinhos were seen talking to Coltescu on the contact line. Basaksehir's coach Okan Buruk Coltescu could be heard shouting, "You are racist".
Within minutes of the incident, Basaksehir's Twitter feed posted an image of UEFA's No To Racism campaign.
Mbappe later wrote: & # 39; Say no to racism. XXX M.WEBO WE ARE WITH YOU & # 39 ;.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Twitter that he believes UEFA will take the necessary steps.
"We are unconditionally against racism and discrimination in sport and in all areas of life," he wrote.
Within minutes of the incident, Basaksehir posted an image from UEFA's No To Racism campaign
Kylian Mbappe later sent a message of support to the Basaksehir deputy manager
While reporting on the BT Sport Champions League, Rio Ferdinand said, “We are at a troubling turning point.
& # 39; Millwall, now, in the same week, not a week goes by without a race incident, something needs to be done, the forces necessary to take a stand.
'Showing unity (through the players) is a beginning but cannot be left to the players. It's not clear and it's hard to pass judgment and stick your flag in the sand and say "this happened".
“We need the people who are there to come out and speak and tell the story. It's something that needs to be sorted out. It's something that definitely needs to be addressed. Something has to be written to show that these are the rules. & # 39;
Paul Scholes added, “It is time to take a stand. Obviously everything we hear now is being asserted and if something happened and clearly something happened, the players walked away which is good. & # 39;
Owen Hargreaves commented: & # 39; The great thing is that all football players will stick together. All the guys come from all over the world. You think of Mbappe and Neymar who lead the prosecution here and make the difference.
Talking about the incident, Rio Ferdinand said football was now "at a worrying turning point".
"If we can stamp it out as players, we will, but Rio made a good point. It's the authorities who have to get involved." Authorities have to step in and say that is the case or it will just happen again. & # 39;
Former Manchester United striker Louis Saha told French broadcaster RMC: “What excites me is that the players are the (only) ones taking a stand.
"Uefa didn't … Now Uefa are issuing ultimatums about restarting the game … it's like they're denying it … there is no sign that they will ever take this issue seriously."
PSG's result will have no bearing on Manchester United's elimination from the Champions League.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team was definitely eliminated from the competition after their defeat against RB Leipzig with PSG's head-to-head record against United Superior.
However, PSG have to win to take first place ahead of RB Leipzig.
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