UEFA Champions League 2020/21 (Round of 16)

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glenferry23

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Ok now that I’ve looked into it, seems like a complete overreaction to me.
To be fair to yourself, your answer was in response to a hypothetical situation involving players only. Not officials/assistants etc.

So in that respect, surely using the individual’s name isn’t too outlandish I would’ve thought?
 
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Sozabarus

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I must admit, I don't really see what all the fuss is about either, yet at the same time I know I'm saying that as a white guy so am not the best person to adjudge the situation.

I really feel for the fourth official on this one.
 

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That happened after. The 4th official was talking to the main ref when after one of the coaches on the bench (assistant coach Pierre Webo) did something that he thought was worthy of sending off, and used the Romanian for "black guy" in describing him, hence what Demba Ba said to the ref afterwards.

 

ABSOLUTE MADMAN

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I must admit, I don't really see what all the fuss is about either, yet at the same time I know I'm saying that as a white guy so am not the best person to adjudge the situation.

I really feel for the fourth official on this one.
The situation is not exactly black and white (pun intended). There is a nuance here and when that nuance is taken into account this appears to be an overreaction.

The official should choose his words better and I have no doubt they would if they had that moment again. There is ZERO evidence of ill intent. The individual was answering the question of another in a high pressure moment where succinct communication waa needed.

Imagine if someone works at a service desk in a hardware store and this scenario occurs.

A male comes up and asks for advice on products in the paints aisle.

The person at the service desk calls for the employee with the best knowledge to come and assist.

The male needing assistance returns to the paint aisle where there are multiple customers around.

The employee with knowledge of paints passes the service desk on the way to the paint aisle and asks which customer they are looking for. The person at the service desk responds "tall male, African appearance (or dark skin, black skin etc) , yellow shirt in the paints aisle".

In the store at that moment more than 95% of people are of Caucasian appearance. Is the employee at the service desk racist or simply communicating to enable the employee to find the customer efficiently?

Embarrassing how all media pundits seemingly back the players 100% to take a poltically correct stance and fan the flames of this controversy.
 

jod23

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I think it is an overreaction but of course the 4th official has to choose his words a little more wisely.

From watching all the footage of what happened and being able to hear almost all of it. It looked to me like the 4th official was trying to describe the person so the referee could send off the right person.

Still... gotta choose your words better.
 

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Won’t happen. PSG will win and win quite comfortably. Hey, at least as United supporters we have the memories of beating PSG and Leipzig and giving ourselves the best chance in the group to advance before MD 5, with two matches back to back against Istanbul Basaksehir. Morons!
 

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