Paris Saint-Germain vs Istanbul Basaksehir debacle: Fourth official, Sebastian Coltescu faces 10-match ban


By Mukwuzi Joseph

The fourth official at the centre of the walk-out protest staged by Paris Saint-Germain and Istanbul Basaksehir on Tuesday night is facing at least a 10-match ban if found guilty of using racist language by a UEFA disciplinary investigation.

Romanian official Sebastian Coltescu was accused of using alleged racist language towards Basaksehir assistant manager Pierre Webo 

Article 14 of UEFA’s latest edition of discipline measures and procedures states that “any person under the scope of Article 3 who insults the human dignity of a person or group of persons on whatever grounds, including skin colour, race, religion, ethnic origin, gender or sexual orientation, incurs a suspension lasting at least 10 matches or a specified period of time, or any other appropriate sanction.”

Article 3 states that all match officials are subject to article 14 rules, as well as all clubs and their officials, all players and all UEFA officials.

If found guilty, Coltescu would therefore miss a minimum of 10 matches in European competitions, or any other punishment which UEFA deems appropriate.

On Wednesday, UEFA appointed an Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector “to conduct a disciplinary investigation regarding the incident and the events that led” to the game at the Parc des Princes being abandoned.

“Information in regards to this investigation will be made available in due course,” a UEFA statement said.

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