PSG forward Kylian Mbappe has posted a message of support to Pierre Webo after the Istanbul Basaksehir assistant was allegedly the subject of a racist term by Romanian fourth official Sebastian Coltescu.
The Champions League game between the two sides was suspended in the first half after the players walked off the pitch in protest.
The incident occurred after Webo was sent off around a quarter of an hour into the game, with footage showing Webo angrily asking why Coltescu used the word ‘negru’, which is Romanian for black.
TV footage picked up Coltescu talking to the referee and saying: “The black one over there. Go and check who he is. The black one over there, it’s not possible to act like that.”
Mbappe, who was involved in the match, was among those to show his strong support for Webo as the fallout to the incident continues.
He tweeted: “SAY NO TO RACISM. M.WEBO WE ARE WITH YOU!”
Mbappe is also believed to have been one of the PSG players to immediately display anger towards the fourth official, and it is alleged he told the referee: “We cannot play with this guy.”
Mbappe’s message of support for Webo was far from the only one on social media.
His former club Fenerbahce tweeted: “We strongly support and stand with Pierre Webo. No to racism.”
And the legendary Roger Miller posted: “Stay strong my fellow Achille Webo. You don’t deserve that. You have all my support.”
It has now been confirmed the game will not be finished on Tuesday night after Istanbul tweeted to say the players would not be returning to the pitch.
Instead it will take place on Wednesday, with a UEFA statement reading: “UEFA has – after discussion with both clubs – decided on an exceptional basis to have the remaining minutes of the match played tomorrow with a new team of match officials. The kick-off has been set at 18:55 CET.”