Paris Saint-Germain’s UEFA Champions League matchday six fixture against İstanbul Başakşehir was suspended after Sebastian Coltescu, the Romanian fourth official, was accused of directing a racial slur at Pierre Webó, an assistant coach for the Turkish club.
The match stopped after 14 minutes, and the incident led resulted in the Başakşehir squad to protest to referee Ovidiu Hategan. Ultimately the players walked off the pitch, and they weren’t alone as the capital club players joined their opponents to show solidarity.
With the PSG players waiting in the tunnels, Başakşehir didn’t want to continue with Coltescu still impacting the match. The decision finally came to postpone the fixture.
After the match, plenty of Les Parisien players took to social media to take a stand against racism in football.
SAY NO TO RACISM. ❌❌❌
M.WEBO WE ARE WITH YOU. ✊🏽
— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) December 8, 2020
BLACK LIVES MATTER ✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽✊🏼 pic.twitter.com/Y6114EFMFO
— Neymar Jr (@neymarjr) December 8, 2020
ENOUGH, NO PLACE FOR RACISM 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/1KxgCq9RHp
— Xavi Simons (@xavisimons) December 8, 2020
— Colin Dagba (@colin2dagba) December 8, 2020
NO ❌✊🏾 pic.twitter.com/Z3WIbgCFgi
— Presnel Kimpembe (@kimpembe_3) December 8, 2020
The capital club has already qualified for the Champions League knockout stages. However, a win over Başakşehir will solidify them winning the group as they’ll hold the tiebreaker over RB Leipzig.
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