Demba Ba accuses PSG manager Thomas Tuchel of ‘blaming’ Basaksehir stars during race row that saw match postponed

DEMBA BA has accused Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel of 'blaming' Istanbul Basaksehir stars after both sides walked off during their Champions League clash last week.

Play was halted in the 14th minute, as fourth official Sebastian Coltescu sought to bring Pierre Webo, 38, to the referee's attention.



In doing so, he used the Romanian word 'negru', meaning black – with the nearby Ba taking issue with the official's choice of words.

After lengthy discussions, PSG players united with their Turkish counterparts to take a stand against the alleged racism, by walking off together.

But according to Ba, 35, the French champions' manager wasn't so supportive.

The former Chelsea star told TRT World: "Hats off to Basaksehir players because they felt something had to be done.

"Hats off to the players of PSG because they could have stayed on the pitch and said 'we are here to play and they're not' but they decided to stop.

"One element of Paris that I wish was in front of the camera and explained is how he (Tuchel) treated us because I don't accept this.

"I will never accept this and the next time I see him he will hear about it."

Quizzed further on what he meant by these comments, Ba clarified: "Their manager. I'm not going to go into it but he probably will.

"He had one or two discussions with players of our team and was basically blaming us for what happened. That's his problem, not mine."

The match was continued to completion the next day, with PSG running out 5-1 winners to progress to the round of 16.

Coltescu, 43, had appeared set for a ten-game ban from Uefa.

But the Romanian, who has denied being a racist, appears likely to dodge the punishment – by retiring from officiating.

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