DEMBA BA LEADS PLAYERS OFF THE PITCH: PARIS ST GERMAIN vs ISTANBUL BASAKSEHIR, 08.12.2020

December 10, 2020

WHAT HAPPENED

PSG are playing Istanbul Basaksehir in a Champions League game at Parc des Princes, which is PSG’s home stadium.

In the 14th minute of the Group H tie, the Assistant Coach for Istanbul Basaksehir,former Cameroonian international Pierre Webo, is sent off and 4th official Sebastian Coltescu, who is Romanian, identifies Webo by his skin colour describing him as “Al Negru” which apparently means “the Black one”, when describing Webo to the referee.

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

Webo understandably, was not happy and neither was former Chelsea and Newcastle striker and current Istanbul Basaksehir striker, Demba Ba, who confronts the official before leaving the pitch followed by the entire Istanbul Basaksehir team. PSG then follow Istanbul Basaksehir into the tunnel in a show of unprecedented and welcome solidarity and the game is abandoned.

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.”

The game resumed the next day with a different set of match officials on Wednesday 9 December 2020, when PSG beat Istanbul Basaksehir 5-1.

At the match, Webo was presented with a shirt signed by all the PSG players with his name and the number 9 on the back.

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