Demba Ba accuses Tuchel of blaming Basaksehir stars

Demba Ba accuses Tuchel of blaming Basaksehir stars
Istanbul Basaksehir's Demba Ba

by Staff Reporter

Friday Dec 18, 2020. 12:04

Senegal international Demba Ba has accused Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel of blaming Istanbul Basaksehir players during a race row which took place last week.

The UEFA Champions League Group H match was halted in the 14th minute, as fourth official Sebastian Coltescu was accused of using a racist term to describe Basaksehir assistant manager Pierre Webo.

As a result, players from both sides walked off the pitch in protest, but the match resumed in the following day with PSG securing a 5-1 win over Turkish champions Basaksehir in the final Group H match.

Basaksehir striker Ba has now opened up about the incident which took place at PSG’s home ground, Parc des Princes in Paris, France.

“Hats off to Basaksehir players because they felt something had to be done,” Ba told TRT World.

“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,” the former Chelsea and Newcastle United centre forward added.

“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.”

Coltescu was reportedly set for a ten-game ban from UEFA, but the Romanian referee, who has denied being a racist, is said to be retiring from officiating.

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