PSG v Istanbul Basaksehir to resume on Wednesday: Demba Ba, Pierre Webo confront referee over alleged racism.
PARIS — Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League Group H clash with Istanbul Basaksehir on Tuesday was put on hold and won’t be resumed until Wednesday after and assistant manager was allegedly racially abused by an official. .
Basaksehir striker Demba Ba was seen angrily confronting the official in question before the players returned to the changing rooms in the French capital.
“You never say ‘this white guy,’ you say ‘this guy,'” Ba said on the pitch in protest when referring to a white person. “Why when you mention a black guy, you have to say ‘this black guy’?”
The incident took place after the 22nd minute when both sets of players walked off of the Parc des Princes pitch following an incident involving the refereeing team and the Turkish side’s staff.
Basaksehir’s Cameroonian assistant Pierre Webo, 38, was shown a red card and an incident then took place between the former Cameroon international and Romanian fourth official Constantin Coltescu that the Turkish Süper Lig outfit have deemed racist.
After lengthy discussions, the Basaksehir players walked off and the PSG players followed suit in an unprecedented show of solidarity at the Champions League level. Basaksehir published the following tweet, which was later retweeted by PSG:
At one point on Tuesday, PSG’s players were seen waiting in the tunnel in case they were sent back on. However, over an hour later, the game was still not back on and PSG staff came out to collect items from the pitchside area.
Kylian Mbappe and Presnel Kimpembe were both vocal in their refusal to continue play with Coltescu as the fourth official and the latter announced that the PSG players would be leaving the field.
UEFA released the following statement to set plans for Wednesday’s restart:
Following an incident at tonight’s UEFA Champions League match between Paris Saint-Germain FC and Istanbul Basaksehir FK, UEFA has – after discussion with both clubs – decided on an exceptional basis to have the remaining minutes of the match played tomorrow with a new team of match officials. The kick-off has been set at 18:55 CET.