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Man Utd exit Champions League as racism row interrupts PSG game

AFP
Published Dec 10, 2020, 12:27 am IST
Updated Dec 10, 2020, 12:27 am IST
Players walked off in Paris amid allegations of racism in an unprecedented incident in European football’s elite club competition.
Kylian Mbappe (third from right) of PSG looks on after the game was suspended amid allegations of racism by one of the match officials during the UEFA Champions League Group ‘H’ football match against Istanbul Basaksehir at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on Tuesday. 	— AFP
 Kylian Mbappe (third from right) of PSG looks on after the game was suspended amid allegations of racism by one of the match officials during the UEFA Champions League Group ‘H’ football match against Istanbul Basaksehir at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on Tuesday. — AFP

Paris: Manchester United were knocked out of the Champions League after a 3-2 defeat by RB Leipzig on Tuesday, while Paris Saint-Germain’s qualification for the last 16 was overshadowed by a racism row involving a match official that caused their game against Istanbul Basaksehir to be suspended for 24 hours.


Lazio also secured a spot in the knockout rounds with 2-2 draw at home to Club Brugge in the pouring rain in Rome.

 


Requiring just a point to advance, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side fell behind to an Angelino goal inside two minutes in Germany. Amadou Haidara soon added a second and United and were trailing 3-0 heading into the final quarter after a Justin Kluivert strike.


Bruno Fernandes’s penalty and a deflected Paul Pogba header gave United a lifeline but Leipzig, who reached the semi-finals last term, held on to move top of Group H on 12 points.


Leipzig must wait until Wednesday to find out whether they finish first or second in the section, after the contest between last season’s runners-up PSG and Turkish champions Basaksehir was interrupted with the score 0-0 in the 14th minute.

 


Players walked off in Paris amid allegations of racism by the fourth official, in an unprecedented incident in European football’s elite club competition.


The row erupted after Basaksehir assistant coach Pierre Webo, the former Cameroon international, was shown a red card during a fierce row on the touchline with staff from the Turkish club appearing to accuse the official of using a racist term.


Television microphones picked up a furious Webo repeatedly asking why a racist term had been used to describe him.


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he “strongly” condemned the incident, while UEFA announced it would open a “thorough investigation”.

 


In a statement, UEFA confirmed the game would, “on an exceptional basis”, restart from where it was stopped on Wednesday at 1755 GMT, “with a new team of match officials”.


Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund striker Youssoufa Moukoko, aged 16 years and 18 days, became the youngest player in Champions League history as he came off the bench in a 2-1 victory away to Zenit Saint Petersburg.   

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