Paris (dpa) – “Drawing in Europe”, “historic decision” – and much solidarity and respect: Rarely in the history of professional football has an abandoned game elicited such reactions.
With their joint departure from the field following an incident of racism by the assistant referee, Champions League participants Basaksehir from Istanbul and Paris Saint-Germain sent a sign of strength and determination.
“There is no place for discrimination. Not in football, not in the world,” wrote PSG professional Thilo Kehrer, Brazilian superstar Neymar published a “BLACK LIVES MATTER”, and Kylian Mbappé said: “Say no to Racism M. Webo we are with you “(We are with you). Because the guests from Turkey refused to play on Tuesday evening after the statements of the fourth official, UEFA decided not to whistle the game again shortly before midnight and to continue on Wednesday evening with a new team of referees when the score was 0-0 after 15 minutes. used to be. .
The teams’ decision, especially under pressure from former Hoffenheim Bundesliga professional Demba Ba, who now plays for the Turkish champions, has been respected by politicians, associations and top international stars. “Tonight, athletes made a historic decision on an attitude they considered unacceptable,” French Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu wrote on Twitter. She could “only welcome the strong symbolism of her gesture and her solidarity”.
There was no question about what had happened. The assistant coach of the guests, former Cameroonian international Pierre Webo, saw the red card in the first half. It is said to be a racist insult by the fourth official. Sebastian Colţescu was accused of using a racist formulation for black people, now called “N-word” in German.
This expression was clearly heard during the TV broadcast in the empty Prinzenparkstadion. It was also heard that the Romanian refereeing team tried to defend itself by saying that the fourth official had used the Romanian word for black (negru) and not the “N word”.
Webo, Ba and others could then be heard loudly pointing out that the referees had also not said “the white one” to identify a white player. Basaksehir tweeted the UEFA No to Racism – Respect campaign logo immediately after the incident.
Thousands of people expressed their solidarity on social networks and Bundesliga clubs also opposed racism. The “Fare” network against discrimination judged the events as an important signal in the fight against racism. “The fact that Basaksehir and PSG have left the field together is a message in Europe,” said Fare director Piara Powar of AP news agency.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned “the racist testimony to Pierre Webo” and announced via Twitter: “We are unreservedly against racism and discrimination in sports and in all areas of life.” The otherwise fiercely rival Istanbul clubs such as Galatasaray or Fenerbahce also showed respect and solidarity in social networks.
Referee Ovidiu Hategan, trying to get the players going, faced racism in a Champions League match. Seven years ago, he directed the Manchester City match at CSKA Moscow, in which Yaya Touré had drawn his attention to insulting screams from the audience.
Hategan had recorded the incidents in his match report, but took no further action. As a result, ZSKA had to do without a number of spectators in the home game against FC Bayern Munich. For the continuation of the match on Wednesday evening, the European Football Association UEFA has appointed the Dutchman Danny Makkelie as referee.