PSG’s Champions League clash against Istanbul Basaksehir was abandoned on Tuesday night after an alleged racist remark.
A fiery debate was held on the touchline around 15 minutes into the game when tensions spilled over at the Parc des Princes after the fourth official is believed to have directed a racist remark at Istanbul Basaksehir assistant manager Pierre Webo.
Webo was sent off after 14 minutes after words were exchanged with fourth official Sebastian Coltescu from Romania.
The Basaksehir players left the pitch after around 22 minutes as refereeing officials, club officials, coaching staff and players discussed what they believed had happened.
It it was hoped that play will resume with a replacement fourth official, but no agreement could be reached.
The match is expected to be resumed on the 14th minute on Wednesday with a new set of officials.
Istanbul tweeted almost two hours later to confirm they would not be taking to the pitch again.
Their tweet read: “In the Paris Saint Germain match, our footballers decided not to go on the field due to the racism that the 4th referee Sebastian Coltescu had against our assistant coach Pierre Webo.”
Footage appeared to show Webo angrily asking why Coltescu used the word ‘negru’, which is Romanian for black.
Former Chelsea striker Demba Ba led his team-mates down the touchline after several minutes of discussion.
Substitute striker Ba was heard saying to an official: “You never this say ‘this white guy’, you say ‘this guy’, so why when you mention… listen to me… so why when you mention a black guy [do] you have to say ‘this black guy’?”
While PSG defender Presnel Kimpembe was picked up saying as the Istanbul players headed off: “WHAT? WHAT? Is he serious? “We are heading in. That is it, we are heading in.”
Istanbul tweeted “NO TO RACISM” just minutes after the encounter.
Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand said on BT Sport: “I think we’re at a disturbing tipping point.
“We had Millwall, then the PSG game today, all in the same week.
“Not a week goes by without an incident involving race and we are at a point where something needs to be done.
“The powers that be need to make a huge stand.
“That is a step in the right direction (walking off), that is unity, but it cannot just be left to the players to do something about this.”