Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he "strongly" condemned the alleged racist remarks made by a match official that prompted the suspension of Tuesday's Champions League game between Paris Saint-Germain and Istanbul Basaksehir in France.
"I strongly condemn the racists remarks made against Pierre Webo, a member of the Basaksehir coaching staff, and I believe that UEFA will take the necessary measures," Erdogan tweeted.
Temsilcimiz Basaksehir’in teknik ekibinden Pierre Webo'ya karsi sarf edilen irkçi sözleri siddetle kiniyor, UEFA tarafindan gereken adimlarin atilacagina inaniyorum.— Recep Tayyip Erdogan (@RTErdogan) December 8, 2020
Sporda ve hayatin tüm alanlarinda irkçiliga ve ayrimciliga kayitsiz sartsiz karsiyiz. #Notoracism
The match was suspended in the first half as players walked off amid allegations of racism by one of the match officials, 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 fourth 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.
The game at the Parc des Princes stopped in the 14th minute while still goalless, with the players walking off around 10 minutes later.