PSG v Istanbul Basaksehir rematch: How to live stream, where to watch Champions League tie after it was abandoned over alleged racism
Following the murky turn of events that led to the cancellation of the Champions League match between Paris Saint-Germain and Istanbul Basaksehir, both teams will play the game again on Wednesday, December 9. The match was postponed by the UEFA after players from both camps left the pitch following an alleged racist incident involving Romanian fourth official Constantin Coltescu and Basaksehir's Cameroonian assistant Pierre Webo. The rematch will see Dutch referee, Danny Makkelie officiates.
Here' a quick primer ahead of the rematch:
The rematch will start at 12.55 pm ET on Wednesday, December 9, 2020.
Basaksehir will take on the Ligue1 side at the Parc des Princes, Paris, France.
Where to watch?
The game can be watched live on CBS All Access.
How to live stream?
CBS has placed much emphasis on streaming and its streamer CBS All Access comes as the platform to watch the Champions League. In addition to the games, the pre-match and post-match shows too can be watched wherever All-Access is available. Select games can be watched on fubo TV, YouTube TV and Hulu.
Hulu and fubo are priced at $59,99/mo while YouTube TV costs $64.99. The select games include a pair of Rounds of 16-second leg matches and the Champions League Final. So those are the only three Champions League matches scheduled to be shown on fuboTV, YouTube TV, and Hulu. Our suggestion is to go with CBS All Access to view the full roster of games.
Why was the match canceled?
Basaksehir's assistant coach, Pierre Webo, accused the game’s fourth official, Sebastian Coltescu of using a racial term to describe him. Basaksehir's striker Demba Ba asked Coltescu if he would have referenced a player's color if he was white before the referee pointed for the players to leave for the locker room.
When asked by the head referee asked which coach was to receive the card, the fourth referee reportedly said "the Black guy," according to multiple reports. What followed was a tense atmosphere before the referee asked the players to leave for the locker room. According to FOX News, the UEFA said it would investigate. A thorough investigation on the incident that took place will be opened immediately,” UEFA said in a statement that announced the remainder of the match was being pushed back a day.
Pre-buzz around the game
PSG are showing signs of striking form with three wins in their four games. The side has made it to the last 16, but a win against Basaksehir will see them secure first place in the group. Much of their success can be attributed to Neymar after his three goals in two games against RB Leipzig and Manchester United have put them in the driver's seat.
Kylian Mbappe netted his 100th goal for the side and the duo in rich form makes them overwhelming favorites. Meanwhile, Basaksehir is playing for pride. While they have managed to add a number in their goals column, their away wins are on a dry run. They will take heart from the performances though.
Who will win?
Expect PSG to cement their place as they look to rout Basaksehir.