Pierre Webó (right) meets referee Ovidiu Hategan (left) last December in the match between PSG and Basaksehir.CHARLES PLATIAU / Reuters
UEFA's Control, Ethics and Discipline Commission has disqualified for inappropriate conduct until June 30, 2021 to Romanian Sebastian Coltescu, fourth official of the Champions League group stage match between French PSG and Turkish Basksehir, suspended for a racist incident on December 8. UEFA has confirmed this Monday the sanction to the Romanian referee for inappropriate behavior, but not for racism, and has explained that the disqualification responds to the fact that the referee violated article 11.1 of the Disciplinary Regulations, as well as 6.1 of the General Conditions for Referees ( obligation to behave appropriately), but not Article 14 of the first regarding racism and other discriminatory conduct
For the same reasons, the UEFA disciplinary commission also admonished the Romanian referee Octavian Sovre, who acted as an assistant in that match , which was interrupted at 13 minutes and resumed the next day with another referee team. Both Coltescu and Sovre will have to attend an educational program before June 30, 2021 under the conditions determined by UEFA's refereeing services
The match between PSG and Basksehir was suspended after the main referee, the Romanian Ovidiu Hategan, expelled Pierre Webó, a member of the Turkish team's coaching staff, for protesting. Hategan made the decision after the indication of Colescu, the fourth official, who identified him by the earpiece as "the black one". Indignant, Webó pounced on his complainant and, before retiring punished, he reproached him for having addressed him by calling him “black”. “Why are you calling me black?” Webó yelled at him.
UEFA opened an investigation into the incidents of the match and appointed an instructor, with whom its Disciplinary Committee agreed that UEFA officials should receive training appropriate and specific to make better decisions about the choice of language and words to use in UEFA competitions. "In the international context, the correct use of language is essential to avoid situations such as those that occurred in the aforementioned match," said the agency.
Regarding Webó, who saw the red card in the clash, the disciplinary commission has imposed a game penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct. Webo's red card for protesting an arbitration decision was the trigger for the incidents, as the Turkish team alleged at the time that Sebastian Coltescu used a racist term against the Cameroonian. The players of both teams decided to leave the field after a few minutes of discussions with the Romanian referee Ovidiu Hatega and the match was subsequently suspended, although it was completed the next day with a new referee team and a 5-1 victory for PSG.