Danny Makkelie To Oversee PSG Vs Basaksehir replay

The European football governing body (UEFA) has picked Dutch Referee Danny Makkelie as lead match official for the controversial Champions League game pitting French Ligue 1 side PSG against Istanbul Basaksehir.

The game which started on Tuesday was abandoned half way in following a series of controversial events.

The incident occurred 14 minutes into the Champions League Group H tie, which was still goalless.

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Romanian Referee  Sebastian Colţescu was in the front line of accusations of Racism which shook the entire world last night during what football and anti racism bodies have described as despicable and unacceptable.

Cameroonian assistant manager of  Instanbul Basaksehir  was seen on Camera questioning the Romanian referee’s reasons for referring to him as Negro.

With nothing totally conclusive this far, FIFA and UEFA immediately opened investigations in to the matter which saw both PSG and Instanbul Basaksehir players walked off the pitch, is unique and first of its kind since the fight against racism in Football began.

“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.

“A thorough investigation on the incident that took place will be opened immediately,” a statement from UEFA read

In the meantime, the game will be replayed with Makkelie as referee. He is joined by:

Assistant referees: Mario Diks (NED), Marcin Boniek (POL)
4th official: Bartosch Frankowsky (POL)
VAR: Marco Di Bello (ITA)
Assistant VAR: Maurizio Mariani (ITA)
Reserve assistant referee: Jacub Winkler (POL).

The match will recommence on Wednesday from the 14th minute, with a new set of officials. Kick-off will be at 20:55pm East African Time(EAT).

The Parisiennes are already through to the last 16 after Manchester United’s defeat by RB Leipzig.

Frank Fremer is a seasoned journalist, blogger and political analyst for over a decade in Uganda

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