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.
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.
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.