‘Why you say negro?’ Racism in football: the PSG v Basaksehir incident, an all-time low for football?Posted: 10 December, 2020 Filed under: Foluso Adegalu | Tags: Başakşehir, Champions League, FIFA, FIFA World Cup, football, Istanbul Başakşehir, Paris Saint-Germain, Pierre Wobe, PSG v Basaksehir, racism, Sebastian Coltescu, UEFA, Union of Eurpean Football Associations 1 Comment
Author: Foluso Adegalu
Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria
For football lovers, the Union of Eurpean Football Associations (UEFA) Champions League is arguably the biggest football competition. While there are divided opinions as to whether the tournament is bigger than the FIFA World Cup, it is undisputedly the biggest competition at the club level. Following some disruptions to the competition due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the group stage of the 2020-21 season commenced on 20 October 2020. The final round of matches for the group stage were scheduled for 8-9 December. One of the group stage matches scheduled for 8 December was the Group H tie between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) of France and Istanbul Başakşehir F.K. (Başakşehir) of Turkey. The match was scheduled to be played at Parc des Princes, the home ground of the French club.