Champions League brings unity to Paris

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December 10, 2020 12:00 AM

The last night of the Champions League group stage began with a display of players united against racism for a second straight evening in Paris.

It ended with business as usual for Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid, who avoided early exits to advance to the knockout rounds.

Atalanta and Borussia Mönchengladbach also claimed places in the round of 16.

There were nine games instead of the usual eight Wednesday after the remarkable events 24 hours earlier when Paris Saint-Germain’s game against İstanbul Başakşehir was suspended.

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Players on both teams had refused to continue after a fourth official from Romania used a racial insult when referring to a Başakşehir assistant coach, Pierre Webo, who is Black.

They returned to Parc des Princes to resume the game in the 14th minute with replacement match officials from the Netherlands.

The new refereeing crew joined players in observing the competition anthem before kickoff by taking a knee around the center circle, while most raised a fist.

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“Nothing beats actions. We’re tired of this, we never want to experience this again,” PSG striker Kylian Mbappé said.

When the game restarted, Neymar ensured PSG would finish top of Group H by scoring a hat trick in a 5-1 win. The French champion was already assured of advancing with Leipzig.

Earlier Wednesday, UEFA said it appointed a disciplinary inspector to investigate the incident. The fourth official, Sebastian Coltescu, risks a ban from games.

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