Paris St Germain’s home Champions League game against Istanbul Basaksehir was suspended following an alleged incident of racism by the fourth official.
PSG said 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 the fourth official of using racist language.
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“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,” PSG said on Twitter.
“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.”
Further video footage emerged showing Basaksehir striker Demba Ba remonstrating with the fourth official on the touchline.
The former Chelsea forward vociferously questioned the official over his choice of language when referring to players before being ushered away.
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The game, which was suspended in the 13th minute, did not resume and European soccer's governing body UEFA said the rest of the match had been rescheduled for Wednesday at 17.55 Irish time.
PSG need to win to take top spot ahead of RB Leipzig.