World news – UEFA bans official referee Sebastian Coltescu on allegation of racism during PSG v Basaksehir game – Sports News, Firstpost


Coltescu was also instructed to attend an educational program with assistant referee Octavian Sovre. The latter avoided being banned but was reprimanded for inappropriate behavior.

File picture of the fourth Romanian official Sebastian Coltescu (second from left). AFP

Paris: An official of the December Champions League game between Paris Saint-Germain and Istanbul Basaksehir, which was suspended after racism allegations were banned for « inappropriate behavior » for the rest of the season, UEFA announced on Monday .

Sebastian Coltescu from Romania was banned from exercising « a referee function until the end of the 2020/21 season, i.e. until June 30, 2021 », but no violation of UEFA articles on racism and other discriminatory behavior found.

The group stage game was abandoned in the 14th minute and ended a day later after a touchline dispute over allegations broke out. Coltescu, the fourth official, had called Basaksehir’s Cameroonian assistant coach Pierre Webo « black » or « negru » in Romanian.

Coltescu was also instructed to attend an educational program with assistant referee Octavian Sovre, the latter avoiding one Ban, but was reprimanded for inappropriate behavior.

The entire Romanian officer team was replaced for the restarted game by a new referee team under the direction of Dutchman Danny Makkelie.

The game resumed 24 hours later. The players kneeled down and wore anti-racism t-shirts before PSG won 5-1.

TV microphones in the empty stadium – the game was played without spectators due to COVID-19 restrictions – recorded the argument when an angry webo repeatedly asked why a racist term was used to describe it.

Said in the exchange in question Coltescu: « The black one over there. This is not possible. Go and identify him. That guy, the black guy. « 

In its statement on Monday, the European Football Association said that » officials should receive appropriate and specific training to make better decisions about the choice of language and words to use at UEFA Competitions should be used « .

It added: » In an international context, correct language usage is essential to avoid situations like those in the above game. « 

Webo had one before the incident broke out received a red card and was banned from playing a game for unsportsmanlike conduct.

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