UEFA ban Romanian official for season after incident in PSG game

UEFA ban Romanian official for the season after he caused PSG’s clash with Istanbul Basaksehir to be abandoned having identified coach Pierre Webo as ‘the black one’

  • UEFA concluded proceedings against Romanian official Sebatian Coltescu
  • Coltescu was the fourth official during the clash between Basaksehir and PSG 
  • He was reported for racism after allegedly calling a coach ‘the black one’ 
  • UEFA deemed that he did not use racial insult but behaved inappropriately  

A Romanian referee has been suspended for the season after making ‘inappropriate’ comments about a black coach at a Champions League game, UEFA ruled on Monday.

PSG and Istanbul Basaksehir refused to continue playing on December 8 because players believed fourth official Sebastian Coltescu racially insulted the Turkish club’s assistant coach, Pierre Webo.

A UEFA investigation led to Coltescu facing the lesser charge of ‘inappropriate behavior’ for using the Romanian word for black, ‘negru,’ to allegedly identify Webo as ‘the black one’.

The fourth official Sebastian Coltescu (above)  was accused of using the word ‘negru’ – Romanian for ‘black’ – to identify Webo

Coltescu is banned ‘from carrying out any referee’s function until the end of the 2020/21 season,’ UEFA said its disciplinary committee decided. 

He must also attend a UEFA-approved educational course.

‘In the international context, correct use of language is essential to avoid situations such as those that occurred in the above-mentioned match,’ UEFA said.

Pierre Webo (right), Basaksehir’s assistant manager, was livid when he was allegedly identified as ‘the black one over there’ by the fourth official

The ban will apply to domestic games in Romania because Coltescu is no longer on the FIFA-managed list of officials approved for international games.

Romania’s football federation decided before the game in Paris not to propose Coltescu for 2021, and the PSG-Basaksehir tie was his last on international duty.

The game was completed 24 hours later with a different set of match officials brought in from the Netherlands.

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