Anti-discrimination campaign group Kick It Out have called for UEFA to reevaluate the training of their match officials.

This call comes after the racist incident that marred the Champions League fixture between PSG and Istanbul Basaksehir.

The incident in question is that fourth official, Romanian Sebastian Coltescu, reportedly said “ala negru”, translating to “the black guy”.

It is alleged that he said this to referee, Ovidiu Hategan, when asked who should be dismissed after a touchline incident 14 minutes into the match.

Chaos ensues over the alleged racist commented made in the match at the Parc des Princes (Photo by Julien Mattia/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

The Istanbul assistant coach, Pierre Webo, was then shown a red card. Sparking a response from both Demba Ba and Kylian Mbappe.

Ba was caught on video saying: “You never say ‘this white guy’, you say ‘this guy’.

“So why when you mention….listen to me….so why when you mention a black guy. [Do] you have to say ‘this black guy?'”.

Both teams proceeded to walk off the pitch. As a result, the match has been rescheduled for tonight (Wednesday 9th December), with kick off at 5:55pm.

New officials will be in charge, led by Dutchman Danny Makkelie as referee.

Coltescu will now be investigated by UEFA, he faces a minimum 10-game suspension if found guilty of using racist language.

However, chair of Kick It Out, Sanjay Bhandari, has called for more action.

He commented: “I’m very disappointed and deeply concerned that what we are discussing today is the behaviour of a match official.

“When players face racial or other abuse their obligation isn’t just to just be silent, stay there and entertain. Players can use their power to walk off the pitch.

He continued: “I think UEFA will need to reflect on this and look at the training and education they provide for match officials, so we don’t see this happen again.

“We have to keep taking a stand against racial and all other forms of discrimination. There’s no place for it and we must continue to change and challenge behaviours.

“We will await the outcome of the UEFA investigation, which we hope will be thorough and that if found guilty, the appropriate sanctions are imposed that reflect the higher duty of care we expect of match officials.”


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