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PSG-Istanbul match halted amid racist slur claim

PSG v Istanbul Basaksehir
Pierre Webo was sent off after a row with the fourth official

Paris St-Germain’s Champions League game against Istanbul Basaksehir will resume on Wednesday after it was abandoned on Tuesday with a match official accused of using a racist term towards one of the away side’s backroom staff.

Istanbul allege fourth official Sebastian Coltescu used the language towards their assistant coach Pierre Webo.

Former Cameroon international Webo was shown a red card in an exchange on the touchline.

Istanbul players walked off the pitch in protest, with PSG players following.

The incident happened just 14 minutes into the Group H tie, which was still goalless.

The match will recommence on Wednesday from the 14th minute. Kick-off will be at 17:55 GMT.

A new set of officials will be in charge, with Dutchman Danny Makkelie appointed referee.

Compatriot Mario Diks and Marcin Boniek of Poland are the assistant referees with another Pole, Bartosch Frankowsky, named fourth official.

PSG are already through to the last 16 after Manchester United’s defeat by RB Leipzig.

In a statement, Uefa said: “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.

“A thorough investigation on the incident that took place will be opened immediately.”

Istanbul forward Demba Ba, who was a substitute, could be seen on the touchline asking the official: “Why, when you mention a black guy, do you have to say this black guy?”

TV footage also showed PSG defender Presnel Kimpembe saying: “Is he serious? We are heading in. We’re heading in. That’s it, we’re heading in.”

There followed a wait of around two hours before official confirmation the game would not be finished on Tuesday. During that period, PSG players could be seen warming up in the tunnel awaiting a resumption, but their opponents did not re-emerge.

PSG forward Kylian Mbappe later tweetedexternal-link: “Say no to racism. Webo we are with you.”

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey, said he believed Uefa would “take the necessary steps”.

“We are unconditionally against racism and discrimination in sports and in all areas of life,” he wrote on Twitter.

PSG v Istanbul Basaksehir
Pierre Webo was sent off after a row with the fourth official
Demba Ba
Istanbul Basaksehir’s Demba Ba signalled for his team-mates to leave the pitch
PSG v Istanbul Basaksehir
The Istanbul players left the pitch after a long stand-off on the touchline

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