Istanbul and PSG players walk off during Champions League clash after racism accusations


The Champions League clash between Paris Saint-Germain and Istanbul Basaksehir has been suspended after both teams walked off amid allegations of racism by the fourth official, Sebastian Coltescu.

The situation occurred only minutes into the first half after an incident on the touchline involving Pierre Webo, Basaksehir's assistant manager.

Webo was sent off and then accused Coltescu of racism with footage from the incident appearing to show somebody say 'n****' when trying to identify the Cameroonian coach to the referee. 

The game was stopped after 13 minutes at Parc des Princes, with both sets of players gathering on the sidelines for more than 10 minutes before Basaksehir's players walked down the tunnel. They were followed by PSG's players.

Basaksehir substitute Demba Ba remonstrated with fourth official Sebastian Coltescu, saying: "You never said 'this white guy'. Why, when you mention a black guy, do you have to say ‘this black guy’?”.

Basaksehir's English Twitter account posting a message saying the club's assistant coach, Pierre Webo, had been called a racist word by fourth official Sebastian Coltescu. 

The Turkish side also posted an image on its official Twitter account stating 'No To Racism' soon after the incident, with Galatasaray posting the same graphic in apparent solidarity with their counterparts.

Reports in Paris suggested the match was set to resume at 8am (AEDT) without Coltescu on the sideline.

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Source Omnisport