• The ex-Lions forward was the target of racism by the fourth referee during a UEFA Champions League game between Paris Saint Germain and Istanbul Basaksehir.
By Beng Emmanuel
Both former professional football players and current have reacted to the racist abuse on Achille Webo in Tuesday’s Champions League tie between PSG and Istanbul Basaksehir.
Cameroon football legend and Compatriot Roger Milla said “Stay strong my fellow Achille Webo. You don’t deserve that. You have all my support”
Joseph Antoine Belle told RFI : “(4th referee) This gentleman should have known that we say ‘Get me the assistant coach’ and not ‘Get me that black man'”(leaving the pitch) “A gesture of solidarity that we should have seen for a long time. Finally, a team did it”.
France world Cup winner Kylian Mbappe has not been indifferent. In a brief tweet the PSG forward mentioned “Say no to racism. M. Webo we are with you”.
Also, Indomitable Lions gaffer Antonio Conceicao took to twitter to voice out his opinion. He stated “There is no place for racism in football or any other sector of our economy. My full support to Pierre Webo. Congratulations to both teams for their attitude and reaction”.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey, said on twitter “We are unconditionally against racism and discrimination in sports and in all areas of life.”
He added that he believes Uefa would “take the necessary steps”.
Pierre Webo allegedly called ‘negru’; the Romanian word for black.
Former Indomitable Lions striker, Pierre Achille Webo became the target of racial abuse after being assaulted by the fourth official Sebastien Coltescu in the final group game of the UEFA Champions League between French giants Paris Saint Germain and Turkish champions Istanbul Basaksehir on Tuesday night.
Webo, 38 was shown red after a row on the touchline with the match official who allegedly used a racial term on the assistant manager of the Turkish club. Players of both Istanbul Basaksehir and PSG walked out of the pitch fourteen (14) minutes after the game started.
The incident has sparked reactions across the world that have strongly condemned the act and thrown their support to the former Fenerbache and Mallorca front man.
The Paris St-Germain’s Champions League against Istanbul Basaksehir game will resume this Wednesday after it was abandoned. The match will begin as from the 14th minute.
A new set of match officials will be in charge of the game.