Video: Erdoğan Uses Alleged Racial Remarks in PSG-Başakşehir Champions League Fixture to Take Jab at France

After alleged racist remarks made by Romanian official Sebastian Coltescu towards Pierre Webó, an assistant coach for İstanbul Başakşehir, Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, reacted strongly to the incident and came to the defense of Webó on Twitter

However, President Erdoğan couldn’t help but turn this into a political incident where he took a shot at France during a news conference in Ankara.

“This approach is unforgivable. Our determined stance will continue. France has become a country where racist rhetoric, actions are intensified.”

For those who don’t know, tensions between France and Turkey are at an all-time high. When Paris Saint-Germain was in İstanbul to play Başakşehir, players on the capital club squad couldn’t leave their hotel. 

We will see if French President Emmanuel Macron decides to take the high road and not respond to these comments. 

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