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Romania Referee Banned Over Champions League Racism Scandal Between PSG And Istanbul Basaksehir

UEFA has banned Romanian referee Sebastian Coltescu for a season after he used a foul language in the December Champions League game between Paris Saint-Germain and Istanbul Basaksehir

A touchline argument had started in which Coltescu, who was the fourth official, described Basaksehir’s Cameroonian assistant coach Pierre Webo as “black”, or “negru” in Romanian.

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Both teams walked out of the pitch in protest, bringing the 14-minutes game to an abrupt end.

According to UEFA, Coltescu’s disqualification has been imposed because he must “behave appropriately” and not because of “racism and other discriminatory conduct”.

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A statement said: “[UEFA has] suspended Mr Sebastian Constantin Coltescu from the performance of any referee function until the end of the 2020/21 season, that is, until June 30, 2021 , for the violation of Article 11 (1) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations (RD) and Article 6 (1) of the General Terms and Conditions for Referees officiating in UEFA Matches (GTC), that is, for behavior inappropriate during a UEFA match for which he was appointed.”

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