Erdogan blames "racist trend" in France for Champions League incident

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that the racist incident during the Champions League soccer game between Paris St Germain and Istanbul Basaksehir was a fresh expression of racist trends in France.

“This approach is unforgivable. Our determined stance will continue. (...) France has become a country where racist rhetoric, actions are intensified,” Erdogan told a news conference in Ankara.

On Tuesday, Istanbul Basaksehir’s players, closely followed by their opponents Paris St Germain, walked off the pitch during a Champions League soccer game on Tuesday after the Turkish club accused a Romanian match official of racism.

Reporting by Ece Toksabay and Tuvan Gumrukcu; Editing by Dominic Evans