A racist comment from the fourth official to a member of the Basaksehir Istanbul team in the Champions League match they played against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday ended the players’ squad in protest. The game was suspended when barely a quarter of an hour had been played.
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The incident began when the referee asked the fourth who was the player who should be cautioned for a previous action, to which he replied “the black”, according to the complete sequence published by Movistar. Pierre Webo, a member of the Basaksehir Istanbul coaching staff, heard the term and went on to repeatedly reproach the fourth official: “Why did you say ‘black’?”.
The assistant excused himself, claiming that in his language, Romanian, the term ‘black’ does not have a negative connotation, to which Demba Ba, a Basaksehir player, asked if when he addresses a white man he refers to him as a “white man “. Mbappé, a PSG player, also intervened to affirm that, if those were his words, the referee had to go.
The match will be played with a new refereeing body this Wednesday at 6:55 p.m. (5:55 p.m. GMT), according to UEFA in a statement.
UEFA has also indicated via Twitter that it “will carry out a thorough investigation” of what happened, adding that “racism and discrimination in all its forms have no place in football.”
Some PSG footballers have also expressed their rejection on social networks, such as Mbappé, who sympathizes with his partner in a message through the social network, and Neymar, who has accompanied a photo with the text ‘black lives matter ‘in reference to what happened.