Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has admitted his sadness at the incident that saw PSG’s Champions League tie with Istanbul Basaksehir abandoned on Tuesday.
The clash was called off after 14 minutes with both teams leaving the pitch with fourth official Sebastian Coltescu accused of referring to Basaksehir assistant boss Pierre Webo as “black”.
The game is set to be played to a conclusion on Wednesday with a new team of officials replacing referee Ovidiu Hategan and Co.
Hategan had sent Eric Bailly off for Manchester United while Mourinho was in charge of the Red Devils back in 2017.
And the current Spurs boss has opened up on his sadness from Tuesday’s incidents, hoping to never see anything similar again.
“It is a very sad situation,” Mourinho said. “Every form of racism has to be fought. It is never accepted. I am very sad because we don't want that in football.
“I personally know the referee, not the fourth official. Very good guy, very good referee.
“To be involved, not directly, in a game that will become quite iconic is not a nice thing. The fourth official, only he can express his feelings.
PSG vs Basaksehir referee was embroiled in racism controversy before latest incident
“Of course he made an unacceptable mistake, but only he can open his heart, apologise and accept the consequences.
“Probably he is also a very good referee, but everyone in football and society, we have our responsibilities in relation to this situation and if we make mistakes we have to accept responsibilities.
‘But that game will become quite iconic, a Champions League game to stop after 15 minutes for a very sad reason, hopefully it will never happen again.
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“As a football guy I am very sorry that my industry that situation happened.”
UEFA have started a disciplinary investigation into Tuesday night with Webo having been shown a red card following an exchange on the touchline.
"An ethics and disciplinary inspector has been appointed to conduct a disciplinary investigation regarding the incident and the events that led to the Uefa Champions League group match Paris St-Germain v İstanbul Basaksehir being abandoned," a UEFA statement read.
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