Octavian Sovre, the assistant referee, and the Romanian referee are suspended from taking charge in any matches until July.
“for inappropriate behavior” in theChampions League
clash betweenParis Saint-Germain
After 14 minutes into their clash in December, the game was abandoned by both parties after
claimed that Coltescu was racist towards
, Basaksehir’s assistant coach. Although the referee’s name was cleared, he still has to wait till July for his ban to be over along with
UEFA had an official statement:
"Following an investigation conducted by a UEFA Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector regarding the events that led to the 2020-21 UEFA Champions League match between Paris Saint-Germain and İstanbul Basaksehir FK on 8 December 2020 being abandoned, and the subsequent proceedings opened against the match officials Mr Sebastian Constantin Coltescu and Mr. Octavian Sovre, the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) has taken the following decision:
"To suspend Mr. Sebastian Constantin Coltescu from carrying out any referee’s function until the end of the 2020-21 season, i.e. until 30 June 2021, for the violation of Article 11(1) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations (DR) and Article 6(1) of the General Terms and Conditions for Referees officiating at UEFA Matches (GTC), i.e. for inappropriate behaviour during a UEFA match for which he was appointed.
"To order Mr Sebastian Constantin Coltescu to attend an educational programme before 30 June 2021 under the conditions determined by the UEFA refereeing services.
"To reprimand Mr Octavian Sovre for the violation of Article 11(1) DR and Article 6(1) of the General Terms and Conditions for Referees officiating at UEFA Matches, i.e. for inappropriate behaviour during a UEFA match for which he was appointed.
"To order Mr Octavian Sovre to attend an educational programme as soon as possible but before 30 June 2021 under the conditions determined by the UEFA refereeing services.
"With this decision, the CEDB has therefore considered that both match officials violated Articles 11(1) DR and 6(1) GTC (obligation to behave in an appropriate manner), but not Article 14 DR (racism and other discriminatory conduct).
"The CEDB also agreed with the EDI that UEFA officials should be adequately and specifically trained to make better decisions on the choice of language and words to be used in UEFA competitions. In the international context, correct use of language is essential to avoid situations such as those that occurred in the above-mentioned match."
Ba was furious when Coltescu called Webo “the black one” and squared up to him before others started to step in. Basaksehir did not want to continue after the incident. PSG also supported them, with the Romanian publicly apologizing after the game.
Racism was never my intention,
" he said. “
In such an environment, people sometimes cannot properly express their feelings and can be misunderstood.
“I apologise in the name of the UEFA Champions League.”
The clash was postponed to December 9 and the game continued the way it started. PSG thrashed their opponents with a thumping 5-1 result, courtesy of
’s hat-trick and