Champions League

Saha slams UEFA's reaction to Basaksehir racism complaint

The former Manchester United attacker says that UEFA are not treating claims of racism with enough severity after an incident in the PSG game.

10:33pm on Tuesday 8th December 2020
Robin Bairner

Former Manchester United star Louis Saha has hit out at UEFA for their handling of the alleged racist incident during Istanbul Basaksehir’s Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain.

Play was halted after 14 minutes as Basaksehir assistant Pierre Webo was shown a red card. However, the Turkish club were adamant there was racist language used by the fourth official as he was dismissed.

After a long delay, the two teams marched off the field, with the game still goalless.

Basaksehir were quick to post an anti-racism message to their Twitter feed, but Saha says it is evident that UEFA are not treating the allegations seriously enough.

‘What upsets me that the players are the only ones to take a stand,” he told RMC.

“UEFA didn’t. Now UEFA are making ultimatums about restarting the match... it’s like they’re in denial. There’s no sign they are ever going to take this problem seriously.”


While European football’s governing body did release a statement, it did its best to skirt the issue.

"Following an alleged incident involving the 4th official, the match was temporarily suspended. After consultation with both teams, it was agreed that the match would restart with a different fourth official,” it read.

"UEFA will thoroughly investigate the matter and further communication will be made in due course."

More than an hour after the incident, the match has yet to restart.

Latest news


La Liga Table: Atleti's miracle comeback deals blow to Barca

Atletico Madrid recovered from a seemingly impossible position to secure an incredible 3-2 victory over Valencia

  • 12 hours
Premier League

Premier League Table: Man Utd move into the top four with West Ham win

Marcus Rashford fired Manchester United into the top four of the Premier League at the expense of West Ham on Saturday

  • 12 hours
Predicted XI

Defensive crisis continues - How Chelsea could line up against Tottenham Hotspur

Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea side will be without a number of key defenders when they take on Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday

  • 1 day
Predicted XI

Fati injured - How Barcelona could line up against Alaves

Ansu Fati picked up an injury in the recent defeat against Athletic Bilbao and will be unavailable for Barcelona

  • 1 day
Predicted XI

How Liverpool could line up against Crystal Palace

Liverpool are still missing key players Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane for the game against Crystal Palace

  • 1 day
Predicted XI

No Xhaka or Partey? How Arsenal could line up against Burnley

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta will be without a number of key players for his side's test against Burnley in the Premier League

  • 1 day

Most read