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PSG-Istanbul Basaksehir UCL match to resume: Demba Ba, Pierre Webo confront referee over alleged racism – CBS Sports

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PARIS — Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League Group H clash with Istanbul Basaksehir on Tuesday was put on hold and won’t be resumed until Wednesday after an assistant manager was allegedly racially abused by an official. The match will resume at 12:55 p.m. ET on CBS All Access with Dutch referee Danny Makkelie brought on to officiate.

The incident took place just 14 minutes into the tie before both sets of players walked off of the Parc des Princes pitch by the 23rd minute following an incident involving the refereeing team and the Turkish side’s staff.

Basaksehir’s Cameroonian assistant Pierre Webo, 38, was shown a red card and an incident then took place between the former Cameroon international and Romanian fourth official Constantin Coltescu that the Turkish Süper Lig outfit have deemed racist.

After lengthy discussions, the Basaksehir players walked off and the PSG players followed suit in an unprecedented show of solidarity at the Champions League level. UEFA said in a statement it will be “conducting a thorough investigation on the matter” and that “racism, and discrimination in all its forms, has no place within football.”

Listen below and subscribe to ¡Qué Golazo! A Daily CBS Soccer Podcast where we provide additional coverage on Tuesday’s incident in Paris and the rest of the Champions League previews, recaps and more.   

Basaksehir striker Demba Ba was seen angrily confronting the official in question in defense of Webo before the players returned to the changing rooms in the French capital.

“You never say ‘this white guy,’ you say ‘this guy,'” Ba said on the pitch in protest when referring to a white person. “Why when you mention a black guy, you have to say ‘this black guy’?”  

At one point on Tuesday, PSG’s players were seen waiting in the tunnel in case they were sent back on. However, over an hour later, the game was still not back on and PSG staff came out to collect items from the pitchside area. 

Kylian Mbappe and Presnel Kimpembe were both vocal in their refusal to continue play with Coltescu as the fourth official and the latter announced that the PSG players would be leaving the field. Mbappe, Neymar and others took to Twitter after the walk-out:

UEFA released the following statement to set plans for Wednesday’s restart:

Following an incident at tonight’s UEFA Champions League match between Paris Saint-Germain FC and Istanbul Basaksehir FK, UEFA has – after discussion with both clubs – decided on an exceptional basis to have the remaining minutes of the match played tomorrow with a new team of match officials. The kick-off has been set at 18:55 CET.  

UEFA, according to Basaksehir, have also frozen Webo’s red card, allowing the assistant to take his place on the bench for the conclusion of the game.

RB Leipzig jumped PSG atop Group H with a 3-2 home win over Manchester United, knocking the Red Devils to the Europa League round of 32. PSG would need a win on Wednesday to move secure first place in the group and placed in a seeded pot for Monday’s UCL round of 16 draw. 

CBS Sports will continue to update this developing story as necessary. 

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It appears as though Alabama has narrowed in on its next offensive coordinator. After reportedly making multiple trips to Tuscaloosa, Ala. this month, former Houston Texans and Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien looks set to take over the Crimson Tide’s offense next season.

While O’Brien’s hiring has yet to be announced, Alabama head coach Nick Saban hinted at the move during a Zoom call about the Paul Bryant Award on Wednesday.

“I think he’ll do a great job with our players here,” Saban said during the call. “I’ve always tried to have the best knowledge and experience I can for our players and their development, and I certainly think he can contribute to that in a very positive way.”

O’Brien was fired by the Texans in October after leading the team to an 0-4 start. Before his dismissal, he spent six full seasons as the head coach of the organization, winning the AFC South four times. Prior to that, O’Brien spent two seasons as head coach at Penn State. He earned the Paul “Bear” Bryant Award and Maxwell Coach of the Year Award in 2012 after he rallied the Nittany Lions to an 8-4 season despite an 0-2 start and NCAA sanctions. O’Brien also spent five seasons with the New England Patriots from 2007-11 where he worked under Saban’s close friend, Bill Belichick.

O’Brien served as the Patriots offensive coordinator in 2011. He also coached quarterbacks in 2009 and 2010 after coaching running backs in 2008. The 51-year-old also has offensive coordinator experience at the college level, leading Georgia Tech’s offense from 2001-02 and Duke’s offense from 2005-06.

“I’ve known Bill O’Brien for a long, long time, all the way back when he was an assistant at Georgia Tech with George O’Leary,” Saban said during the call. “I think when he was with Bill Belichick at the New England Patriots — who I think everybody knows the relationship that we have with Bill — he was the offensive coordinator there. Went to Penn State in probably the most trying times of any great program, coming off of a lot of crazy stuff, and he did an outstanding job of sort of rebuilding that program, getting players to stay there, having a real representative positive program.

“And I think he did a really good job in Houston when he was the head coach. I think when he became the general manager maybe things didn’t go exactly like he would’ve liked, trying to have both roles. But having been a head coach in that league, I know how difficult it is to do both of those things — probably impossible. So based on the body of work up until then, I think he’s an outstanding coach and a really good person.”

If hired, O’Brien will replace Broyles Award winner Steve Sarkisian, who accepted the head coaching job at Texas earlier this month. O’Brien would take over an Alabama team that ranked in the top five in scoring (48.5 points per game), total offense (541.6 yards per game) and passing offense (358.2 ypg). However, he’ll likely be missing several key components of that group, including Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith, Davey O’Brien Award winner Mac Jones and Doak Walker Award winner Najee Harris as well as the majority of an offensive line that earned the Joe Moore Award.

During O’Brien’s last full season in charge of Houston last year, the Texans ranked 13th in the NFL in total offense averaging 362 yards per game. Before the 2020 season, he handed over playcalling duties to offensive coordinator Tim Kelly after taking on the general manager role in addition to his head coaching job.

Over the past four seasons, O’Brien has coached dual-threat quarterback Deshaun Watson. At Alabama, the newly-named coordinator will oversee another mobile passer as former five-star recruit Bryce Young is set to take over the reins behind center. O’Brien helped Watson develop into one of the top passers in the league as the former Clemson star led the NFL with 4,823 passing yards en route to his third Pro Bowl this season. Alabama will hope he has a similar effect on Young as the Tide looks to reload its offense for another title run this season.

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