Players of both Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and Istanbul Basaksehir walked off the pitch in protest of the alleged use of racist language by a member of the referee team in their UEFA Champions League (UCL) match in Paris on Tuesday night.


Officials of the Basaksehir, a Turkish Super League club, made the decision after the fourth official allegedly used racist language while sending off Pierre Achille Webo, the club’s assistant manager.

The alleged racism incident that led to players and officials of both clubs walking off the pitch occurred in the 21st minute of the encounter, temporarily suspending the match.

Constantin Sebastian Coltescu, the match’s fourth official who is a Romanian, was accused of calling Pierre Webo, a former Cameroonian international, a “black guy” while sending him off.

A visibly furious Demba Ba, Basaksehir’s striker, who was on the substitute bench when the incident happened, confronted the official about his comment.

“You never say this white guy, you say this guy. So why you mention a black guy you say this black guy?” the 35-year-old Senegalese angrily asked Coltescu before he was further held back by other backroom staff on ground.