Paris Saint-Germain���s home Champions League game against Istanbul Basaksehir was suspended following an alleged incident of racism by the fourth official, Sebastian Coltescu.
Players from both sides left the pitch in the 23rd minute during their final Group H fixture in Paris.
The French champions said on Twitter that the referee had shown a red card to one of Basaksehir’s staff, with video footage emerging which appeared to show their assistant manager Pierre Webo accusing Coltescu of using racist language.
Webo was sent off in the 16th minute before Basaksehir player Demba Ba confronted the fourth official.
Ba could clearly be heard remonstrating with Coltescu. “You never say ‘this white guy’, you say: ‘these guys,’” Ba said. “So, listen to me, why when you mention a black guy do you have to say ‘this black guy?’”
"We're at a disturbing tipping-point, not a week goes by without an incident involving race."
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PSG said on Twitter: “After a red card is given by the referee to a member of opposition staff, discussions continue between players and staff of both teams with the referee. The Basaksehir players decide to go back to the locker room, the Parisians follow them.”
Basaksehir posted a message on their Twitter account which read: “NO TO RACISM Respect.”