Paris St-Germain’s Champions League group game against Istanbul Basaksehir will be completed today after it was abandoned due to a ‘racist’ incident involving a match official.
It has been claimed that fourth official Sebastian Coltescu used a racist term to single out assistant coach Pierre Webo who was red carded.
Following the first-half incident, Istanbul players walked off the pitch in protest and the PSG players followed with the match called off shortly after.
Play could not resume last night as UEFA failed to find another official to take over from Coltescu after Istanbul Basaksehir refused to have him included in the VAR team.
The match will now be completed this evening.
PSG v Istanbul Basaksehir: Kick-off time
The match will be held on Wednesday, December 9 and recommence from the 14th minute – when the incident occurred.
It will kick-off at 5:55pm UK time. The game was level at 0-0 when it was halted.
Dutchman Danny Makkelie has now been appointed as the referee for when the match resumes tonight with compatriot Mario Diks and Marcin Boniek of Poland are the assistant referees and Bartosch Frankowsky, another Pole, named fourth official.
Manchester United’s defeat to RB Leipzig means PSG are already through to the last 16 of the Champions League, while Basaksehir are out having finished fourth.
PSG v Istanbul Basaksehir: How to watch
The rearranged Group H tie will be broadcast live on BT Sport ESPN with coverage beginning at 5:45pm UK time.
To stream live, fans will have to head to BT Sport’s official website or visit their mobile app.
PSG v Istanbul Basaksehir: What has been said?
He said: “I strongly condemn the racist remarks made against Pierre Webo, one of our representative Başakşehir’s technical team, and I believe that the necessary steps will be taken by UEFA.
“We are unconditionally against racism and discrimination in sports and all areas of life.”
When speaking about what happened on BT Sport, former England defender Rio Ferdinand said: “We’re at a disturbing tipping-point, not a week goes by without an incident involving race. We are at the point where something needs to be done.
“We are saying it all the time but the powers that be in this game can make a huge stand.
“The players walking off is a step in the right direction, but it can’t just be left to them.”
Former England midfielder Trevor Sinclair told talkSPORT the fact a debate was had on the side of the pitch before the players decided to leave was important.
“For me, I don’t find [the language used Coltescu] derogatory, but it shows how very sensitive race is at the moment,” he said.
“It’s really pleasing both sets of players went off because it shows solidarity and also that players, who are so powerful, are ready to lead the way.
“That’s almost saying to UEFA and FIFA: ‘If you’re not going to do it, we’re going to take the matter into our own hands and we’re going to do it ourselves.’”