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French football body slams racism in game

Le Graet says he 'salutes' both PSG and Basaksehir teams' attitudes as they refused to play amid alleged racism incident

Can Erözden   | 10.12.2020
French football body slams racism in game

ANKARA

The French football body on Wednesday condemned "unacceptable" a racist remark in a UEFA Champions League match. 

"I salute the attitude of two teams [Paris Saint-Germain and Medipol Basaksehir], who took a strong and exemplary decision by leaving the pitch," French Football Federation (FFF) chairman Noel Le Graet said in a statement.

The game on Tuesday between France's Paris Saint-Germain and Turkey's Medipol Basaksehir was paused after an alleged racist remark targeting the Turkish club's technical staff.   

Le Graet slammed Romanian fourth official Sebastian Coltescu for his alleged remarks against Basaksehir assistant manager Pierre Webo, a Cameroonian national.

Following the incident, Basaksehir's chairman Goksel Gumusdag said that the Turkish team would not return from dressing room.

Tuesday's suspended match in Paris' Parc des Princes Stadium resumed Wednesday as Paris Saint-Germain had a 5-1 victory to win their group, qualifying for Round of 16. 

"These unacceptable incidents do not have place in a stadium," Le Graet said, adding that the UEFA investigation would enlighten the incident.

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