Former Paris Saint Germain and Indomitable Lions striker, Patrick Mboma has lauded the acts of Istanbul Basaksehir players against the racist comments from Sebastian Coltescu.
He said that he has nothing against the official who sent the assistant manager off, but however condemned the word the fourth official used in describing the assistant manager who is also from Cameroon.
Basaksehir’s Cameroonian assistant Pierre Webo, 38, was shown a red card and an incident then took place between the former Cameroon player and Romanian fourth official Coltescu that the Turkish Süper Lig outfit have deemed racist.
After a long conversation, players walked off the pitch and PSG players followed.
Mboma speaking with OJBSPORT condemned the incident and praised PSG’s players.
“The fourth official used an inappropriate term to describe a black man in order to expel him. I can understand that the fourth referee asked that the assistant manager of Istanbul Basaksehir be sent off.
“But there is a way to describe someone and that way shouldn’t be by using the person’s skin color.
“The players reacted and I supported them. I am very happy. I am delighted with their actions. They even got support from Paris Saint Germain..
“And even if the match was said to resume without the 4th referee, I can understand that the Turks were outraged and asked for the end of the match because the revelation wasn’t just right after.”
The former CAF Footballer Of The Year reiterates that yesterday’s incidence would sound an alarm to everyone that there’s no room for racism.
“I think that tonight events can be that example and it should be. I can’t say FIFA doesn’t do anything.
“This is a problem that is hard to tackle. There’s for example the “no to racism” so it’s hard to say nothing is done as it is not the same everywhere and different factors come into question, like political issues.
“But here, it seems clear. The referee had a microphone and there’s the possibility of reviewing and judging.”