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.

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