Demba Ba continuous to receive more accolades and recognition owing to his involvement after his assistant manager was supposedly racially abused on Tuesday.
Chelsea legend Didier Drogba, DRC international Youssouf Mulumbu and president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Ahmad have all together lauded Demba Ba for his significant role as Pierre Webo was allegedly racially abused.
This ordeal occurred on Tuesday’s Champions League game between Paris St-Germain and Istanbul at the Parc des Princes. Ba was involved in a furious exchange with the fourth official Sebastian Coltescu, who had instructed the referee to send him off after he protested a call on the pitch.
Webo alongside his Turkish club accused the fourth official of racial abuse in how he identified the Basaksehir assistant to the match referee.
The former Chelsea star, Ba, who started on the bench for the visitors during the match was seen challenging the official over his use of language telling him, “you never say, ‘this white, that white guy’. But when it’s a black guy, you have to say, ‘the black guy”.
Subsequently, the match was stopped as Istanbul players refused to proceed with the match after the unprecedented occurrence. Moreover, PSG stars followed suit in harmony with their opponents leaving the Champions League clash in Limbo.
CAF president Ahmad took to social media to praise Ba’s “gesture of revolt” which he described as the “pride of Africa and the world”.
“The gesture of revolt of Demba Ba is the pride of Africa and the world. It must be encouraged. For a long time, football has been waiting to see all the players in a game say no to racism”.
The sentiment was accentuated by the former Chelsea forward, Drogba, and the Kilmarnock FC midfielder.
“Thank you Demba B and Achille Webo for standing out and to the players for leaving the field”. Tweeted the 42-year-old Drogba.
On the other hand, Mulumbu wrote, “thank you Demba Ba. Courage to the entire Istanbul team”.
Moreover, UEFA has gone further to release a statement on the incident that read, “UEFA is aware of an incident during tonight’s Champions League match between Paris St-Germain and Istanbul. We will be conducting a thorough investigation. Racism and discrimination in all its forms has no place within football”.