Bucharest (AP) – The assistant referee Sebastian Coltescu, who is suspected of racism, has apologized.
“My intention was never racism. In such an environment, people sometimes cannot express their feelings properly and can be misunderstood. I apologize on behalf of the UEFA Champions League,” the Romanian wrote on Twitter.
The Romanian Football Association (FRF) had previously threatened consequences if the allegations were proven to be true. In the game between Paris Saint-Germain and Istanbul Basaksehir on Tuesday, both teams left the pitch after an alleged racist slur by fourth official Coltescu against Basaksehir’s Cameroonian assistant coach Pierre Webo. After lengthy discussions in the catacombs, the game was finally canceled and rescheduled for Wednesday evening with new referees.