LONDON: Former defender Rio Ferdinand says soccer is at a “tipping point” and those in control must make a stand after players from Istanbul Basaksehir and Paris St Germain walked off the pitch on Tuesday in the wake of allegations that a derogatory phrase was used by a match official.
In the 13th minute, when fourth official Sebastian Coltescu was accused of directing a racist word towards Basaksehir’s assistant coach Pierre Webo, the Champions League Group H match at Parc des Princes was suspended.
The incident comes days after some supporters booed the players in Millwall’s English Championship game against Derby County when they took a knee on Saturday in favour of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ campaign.
Former England international Ferdinand told BT Sport, “We’re at a disturbing tipping point.”
“We have Millwall, today’s PSG game, all in the same week. At the moment, not a week goes by without an incident involving racing.
“Now we’re at the point where we need to do something.”
“we’re saying it all the time, but the powers in this game need to make a huge stand.”
After that, Uefa said it would begin a “thorough investigation into the incident and that on Wednesday, with a new team of match officials taking charge, the rest of the match would be played.
Alongside the caption, PSG playmaker Neymar posted a picture of himself on Twitter: ‘Black Lives Matter,’ while teammate Kylian Mbappe shared his support for Webo from Cameroon.
On Twitter, he posted, “Say No to Racism.” “We are with you WEBO.”
John Aloisi, a former Australian striker, was angered by the incident, but praised the players’ actions.
“They are very strong. Let’s hope it’s a turning point,’ Aloisi said of the coverage of Optus Sport.
I was playing with Pierre Webo, a nice man, to see him get so furious. It’s hurting.