Bucharest (AP) – Assistant referee Sebastian Coltescu, suspected of racism, has apologized.

“My intention was never racism. In such an environment, people sometimes cannot express their feelings properly and are misunderstood. I apologize on behalf of the UEFA Champions League,” the Romanian wrote on Twitter.

The Romanian Football Association (FRF) had previously threatened consequences if the allegations turned out to be true. In the game between Paris Saint-Germain and Istanbul Basaksehir on Tuesday, both teams left the field after an alleged racist libel by fourth official Coltescu against Basaksehir’s Cameroonian assistant coach Pierre Webo. After lengthy discussions in the catacombs, the game was eventually canceled and moved to Wednesday evening with new referees.

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