Sebastian Coltescu, the fourth official accused of racially abusing Istanbul Basaksehir’s Cameroonian assistant manager has had his Instagram account hacked.
The Romanian’s profile picture was replaced by an image of Pierre Webo, whom Coltescu allegedly identified by using the word ‘negru’, the Romanian word for black.
The hackers, who appeared to be Turkish, also changed the Romanian referee’s biography to include a ‘No to Racism’ hashtag on the private account.
The Group H encounter against Paris Saint-Germain was suspended midway through the first half on Tuesday night, December 8, after Pierre Webo vehemently protested a decision on the touchline.
Webo, 38, accused Coltescu of racism after being shown a red card during the Champions League clash against Paris Saint-Germain, with footage from the incident appearing to show him saying in Romanian: ‘The black one over there. Go and check who he is. The black one over there, it’s not possible to act like that’ after Webo vehemently protested against a refereeing decision.
It is believed Coltescu said “negru”, the Romanian word for black, and that triggered a furious Webo who heard it and immediately accused Coltescu of racism. He had to be restrained by other members of the coaching staff as he was shown a straight red card. read previous report here.
The match was eventually called off with the remaining minutes to be played tonight with a new refereeing team in charge led by Holland’s Danny Makkelie.
A UEFA investigation has been launched following the postponement of the match as both sets of players refused to continue midway through the first half.
UEFA said: ‘In accordance with the Article 31(4) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations, an Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector has been appointed today to conduct a disciplinary investigation regarding the incident.’
The statement also said that ‘a thorough investigation will be opened immediately’ and that Coltescu does face the prospect of a minimum 10-game ban if found guilty of using racist language on the touchline.
Coltescu has since defended his character, insisting that ‘anyone who knows me knows I’m not racist’
‘I just try to be good,’ he said, according to Romanian outlet ProSport. ‘I’m not going to read any news sites these next few days. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m not racist! At least that’s what I hope.’