Romania Coltescu was accused of racism
Sebastian Coltescu, who was the fourth official in the Paris Saint-Germain vs Istanbul Basaksehir Champions League game that was postponed after he allegedly made a racist comment, has taken charge of a match again.
A whole 46 days after that incident in Paris, Coltescu returned to the pitch in the Romanian first division for a game between Sepsi and Astra Giurgiu, which the former won 4-1.
His absence wasn’t because of any sanction. It was because he couldn’t carry out the physical tests alongside his colleagues.
“I’m happy that Coltescu has returned,” said Eugen Neagoe, the coach of Astra Giurgiu.
“I know he works hard to be at the required level.
“I’m happy, although I don’t agree with the penalty he called against us.
“I don’t think that what happened with him was normal.”
A UEFA investigation into what happened at the Parc des Pricnes is ongoing and the Romanian will be represented by Spanish lawyer Josep Vandellos.
It is alleged that Coltescu referred to the Turkish side’s assistant Pierre Webo as “the black guy” and this sparked a furious reaction from those who overheard this, leading to the match being abandoned and then completed the following night.