UEFA opens case against officials in PSG-Basaksehir racism incident

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Champions League - Group H - Paris St Germain v Istanbul Basaksehir F.K. - Parc des Princes, Paris, France - December 8, 2020 Paris St Germain's Neymar and Marquinhos walk off the pitch after the match was suspended REUTERS/Charles Platiau/File Photo

(Reuters) - UEFA has opened proceedings against the Champions League match officials involved in the sending off of Istanbul Basaksehir assistant coach Pierre Webo which sparked a player walk-off, Europe's soccer governing body said on Thursday.

The match at Paris St Germain in December 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 fourth official Sebastian Coltescu disrespected him by referring to him as "the Black one" and an investigation was conducted by a UEFA Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector.

"Proceedings have been opened against Sebastian Constantin Coltescu and Octavian Sovre for a potential violation of Article 11 of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations," the governing body said in a statement.

Article 11 deals with general principles of conduct and focuses on breaches such as those which bring the game into disrepute.

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.

(Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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