Turkey: Alleged racism in Champions League game sparks backlash

Basaksehir FC

Turkish football fans showed support for Istanbul Basaksehir FC when they walked off the pitch during a Champions League match against Paris Saint Germain on Tuesday after one of their officials was allegedly subjected to racism by one of the referees.

Basaksehir assistant manager Pierre Webo accused the Romanian fourth official Sebastian Coltescu of describing him as “negro” after he was given a red card during the match at PSG’s Parc des Princes stadium in Paris.

The alleged incident took place when Coltescu was identifying the former Cameroon striker to the referee.

TV footage showed Coltescu speaking Romanian and saying: “The black one over there. Go and check who he is. The black one over there, it’s not possible to act like that,” after Webo protested a refereeing decision.

Both PSG and Basaksehir later walked off the pitch after the incident with both teams releasing statements condemning racism.

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