Players from Istanbul Basaksehir and Paris St Germain walked off the pitch during a Champions League match on Tuesday after the club from Istanbul accused a match official of racism.
Basaksehir’s assistant coach Pierre Webo was shown a red card for protesting against a refereeing decision and the Turkish side then alleged that the fourth official Sebastian Coltescu used a racist term towards the Cameroonian.
European soccer’s governing body UEFA, which announced that it will launch an investigation, said in a statement: “Following an alleged incident involving the 4th official, the match was temporarily suspended.”
UEFA said it will be conducting a “thorough investigation”. “Racism, and discrimination in all its forms, has no place within football,” the governing body said in a statement.
PSG striker Kylian Mbappé later posted the following message on Twitter: “SAY NO TO RACISM. M WEBO WE ARE WITH YOU”.
The match was suspended after 15 minutes and will be continued today at 6.55pm (5.55 pm GMT).