NEYMAR DEFENDS WALKOUT IN FOOTBALL RACISM DISPUTE

Written by on December 10, 2020

PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN FOOTBALL PLAYER NEYMAR HAS DEFENDED THE DECISION OF HIS TEAM AND ISTANBUL BASAKSEHIR TO WALK OFF THE PITCH IN TUESDAY’S CHAMPIONS LEAGUE MATCH FOLLOWING ALLEGED RACIST REMARKS BY AN OFFICIAL, AS THE WORLD’S MOST EXPENSIVE PLAYER STATED RACISM “HAS NO PLACE IN FOOTBALL OR IN LIFE”.

PSG AND ISTANBUL BASAKSEHIR CONCLUDED THEIR FINAL GROUP MATCH ON WEDNESDAY, WITH NEYMAR HITTING A HAT-TRICK AND SAYING BOTH TEAMS FELT COMPELLED TO MAKE A STAND AGAINST RACISM IN WHAT WAS AN UNPRECEDENTED PROTEST OVER AN ALLEGED COMMENT BY AN OFFICIAL.

PSG WON THE GAME 5-1 AFTER IT RESTARTED WHERE IT HAD STOPPED THE PREVIOUS DAY, IN THE 14TH MINUTE, FOLLOWING A TOUCHLINE ARGUMENT OVER ACCUSATIONS THE ROMANIAN FOURTH OFFICIAL, SEBASTIAN COLTESCU, HAD DESCRIBED BASAKSEHIR’S CAMEROONIAN ASSISTANT COACH PIERRE WEBO AS “BLACK”, OR “NEGRU” IN ROMANIAN.


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