European Football Association (UEFA) punished the fourth Romanian referee Sebastian Koltescu on Monday for his racist behavior during the expulsion of Pierre Weibo, Istanbul’s assistant coach, Basaksehir, which caused the players to leave a match in the Champions League.
The match between Paris Saint-Germain and Basaksehir stopped in the 13th minute on the eighth of last December due to a controversy outside the lines after Weibo was sent off, and the match was continued the next day after the four Romanian referees replaced.
Weibo, the former Cameroon national team player, said Koltisco insulted him by referring to him as a “black person”, and UEFA had opened an investigation into the incident.
UEFA said in a statement that Kultesco was suspended for “inappropriate behavior” during the match and obligated to undergo an educational program before June 30, 2021.
UEFA added that it condemned two match referees for violating Paragraph 11 of the Federation’s disciplinary rules relating to public behavior, stressing that these violations tarnish the reputation of the sport.
He also referred to the breach of a clause related to the conditions of arbitration performance in European matches, which requires the referees to act “professionally and in a decent manner” during the matches.
The players of the two teams and the new referees’ crew fell on their knees before the match upon resuming play the next day when Saint-Germain won 5-1 at home.
Weibo admitted that he felt very stressed and needed a doctor to help him fall asleep, adding that the date of December 8 will be mentioned in the records of the struggle against racism.