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Uefa suspends Romanian official involved in PSG-Basaksehir player walk-off

  • Published at 10:31 pm March 8th, 2021
Romanian referee Ovidiu Hategan (in yellow) talks to Basaksehir's staff during their UCL match against PSG in Paris last year AFP

Webo, a former Cameroon international, said the referee had disrespected him by referring to him as 'the Black one'

Uefa Monday suspended Romanian fourth official Sebastian Coltescu until the end of the season over his involvement in the sending off of Istanbul Basaksehir assistant coach Pierre Webo which sparked a player walk-off in the Champions League.

The match at Paris Saint Germain on Dec. 8 was halted after 13 minutes following an argument on the touchline over the red card shown to Webo and only resumed the following day after the four Romanian officials were replaced.

Webo, a former Cameroon international, said Coltescu had disrespected him by referring to him as "the Black one" and an investigation was launched by European football's governing body.

Uefa said in a statement that Coltescu had been suspended for "inappropriate behavior during a Uefa match for which he was appointed" and had been ordered to "attend an educational program before 30 June 2021."

Assistant referee Octavian Sovre was also reprimanded for his role and ordered to attend an educational program before June 30.

The players from both teams left the field after about 10 minutes of discussions with Romanian referee Ovidiu Hategan

Posted by Sports Tribune on Tuesday, 8 December 2020

The two officials were found guilty of violating Article 11(1) of the Uefa Disciplinary Regulations which deals with general principles of conduct and focuses on breaches such as those which bring the game into disrepute.

Uefa said they also violated Article 6(1) of the General Terms and Conditions for Referees officiating at Uefa matches which ask officials to "behave in a professional and appropriate manner" during and after the game.

Players from both sides, as well as the three new on-field match officials, took a knee before the game resumed the following day with PSG winning 5-1 at the Parc de Princes.

Webo said the incident was so stressful he needed the doctor to give him pills to help him sleep but took solace in the fact that Dec. 8 would be remembered in the fight against racism.

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