UEFA official Sebastian Coltescu has defended himself after accusations of racism in the Champions League showdown between PSG and Istanbul Basaksehir on Tuesday night. The match was suspended after the visitors were riled by comments made on the touchline. Former Chelsea striker Demba Ba was visibly furious at the Parc des Princes.
Players from both teams left the pitch and didn’t return on Tuesday night after Basaksehir coach Pierre Webo accused Coltescu of racism following a touchline row.
Webo was dismissed from the bench in the aftermath of the incident after oltescu had informed referee Ovidiu Hategan that he was the coach he wanted disciplined amid touchline protests.
Coltescu is alleged to have used a racist term to Hategen when describing Webo, which was heard by players nearby.
But the fourth official has defend himself, telling ProSport: “I just try to be good.
“I’m not going to read any news sites these next few days. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m not racist! At least that’s what I hope.”
UEFA have announced that they will be launching an inquiry into what happened, saying in a statement: “In accordance with the Article 31(4) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations, an Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector has been appointed today to conduct a disciplinary investigation regarding the incident.”
The match will resume in the 14th minute on Wednesday at 5.55 GMT but with an entirely different team of officials.
Webo’s red card will be rescinded and he will take his place back on the bench for the rest of the game.
Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand was performing punditry duties for BT Sport at the time.
And he expressed a belief that football was now at a ‘tipping point’ when it comes to racism.
Ferdinand told BT Sport: “We’re at a disturbing tipping point.
“We’ve got Millwall [against Derby] and PSG all in the same week.
“Not a week goes by without an incident involving race and I think we’re at a point where something needs to be done.
“We’re saying it all the time but the powers that be need to make a huge stand.
“[The players making a stand] is a step in the right direction… but it can’t just be left to the players to do this.”