Fourth official ‘faces ten-match ban’ if found guilty of racism

The fourth official accused of racist language during Tuesday’s Champions League clash between Paris Saint-Germain and Istanbul Basaksehir could reportedly face the prospect of a ten-game ban from Uefa.

Romanian official Sebastian Coltescu allegedly used the words “ala negru” – which in English translates to “the black guy” – when asked by referee Ovidiu Hategan who he should send off after an incident on the touchline.

Istanbul assistant coach Pierre Webo was then shown a red card by Hategan before players from both sides voiced their disapproval.

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Both teams walked off the pitch in protest and the match will restart today from the 14th minute. Kick-off will be at 17:55 (GMT) and a new set of officials will be in charge – with Dutchman Danny Makkelie appointed referee.

UEFA said in a statement that “a thorough investigation will be opened immediately” and Coltescu faces the prospect of a minimum 10-game ban if found guilty of using racist language.

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According to the Evening Standard, match officials, along with players, are named in Article 3 of UEFA’s disciplinary rules – which means they can be punished by the governing body.

Kostyantyn Makhnovskyi – a Ukrainian goalkeeper for Latvian side Ventspils – was banned for ten matches after racially abusing an opponent in August 2019.

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