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UEFA suspends Romanian referee after racism row

UEFA said Coltescu, left, had been ordered to 'attend an educational programme before 30 June 2021' [File: Franck Fife/AFP]

UEFA suspends Romanian referee after racism row

UEFA has suspended a Romanian football referee until the top of the present season for “inappropriate behaviour” during a match last December between Turkish club Basaksehir and France’s Paris St Germain (PSG).

UEFA said during a statement on Monday that Sebastian Coltescu had been suspended for “inappropriate behaviour during a UEFA match” and had been ordered to “attend an academic programme before 30 June 2021”.

The European football body launched proceedings in February against Coltescu after Basaksehir claimed he used a racial slur to spot Pierre Achille Webo, their assistant manager, during a match against (PSG).

Webo, a former Cameroon international, said Coltescu had disrespected him by pertaining to him as “the Black one”.

The Champions League match in Paris on Immaculate Conception was halted after 13 minutes following an argument on the touchline over the red card shown to Webo and only resumed the subsequent day after the four Romanian officials were replaced.

Assistant referee Octavian Sovre was also reprimanded for his role and ordered to attend an academic programme before June 30.

The two officials were found guilty of violating Article 11(1) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations which deals with general principles of conduct and focuses on breaches like people who bring the sport into disrepute.
UEFA said they also violated Article 6(1) of the overall Terms and Conditions for Referees officiating at UEFA matches which ask officials to “behave during a professional and appropriate manner” during and after the sport .

Players from each side , also because the three new on-field match officials, took a knee before the sport resumed the subsequent day with PSG winning 5-1 at the Parc des Princes.

Webo said the incident was so stressful he needed to be prescribed sleep medication but took solace within the incontrovertible fact that Immaculate Conception would be remembered within the fight against racism.

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