May 11, 2021

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UEFA suspend fourth official over PSG vs Basaksehir racism controversy

UEFA have suspended fourth official Sebastian Coltescu after he was accused of racism in Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League clash with Basaksehir in December.

Coltescu will also be forced to attend an educational programme this summer, after being found to have behaved inappropriately.

The group stage encounter, which originally took place on 8 December, was abandoned after Basaksehir coach Pierre Webo alleged that Coltescu had used racist language towards him.

It sparked fury among players on both sides, and the two clubs agreed not to resume play with the fourth official on the sidelines.

Both teams walked off the pitch within 14 minutes of the first half and the match was called off, only to be resumed a day later with PSG winning 5-1 in Paris.

UEFA have since investigated the allegations made by Webo and have found Coltescu guilty of ‘inappropriate behaviour’, resulting in a ban until the end of the season.

There is no word on assistant referee Octavian Sovre, who also faced a disciplinary for his role in the controversy.

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