Players also sported t-shirts with the slogan ‘No To Racism’ before restart of Champions League game on Wednesday.

PSG and Istanbul Basaksehir concluded their final group match on Wednesday, with Neymar hitting a hat-trick [Charles Platiau/Reuters]

Paris Saint-Germain football player Neymar has defended the decision of his team and Istanbul Basaksehir to walk off the pitch in Tuesday’s Champions League match following alleged racist remarks by an official, as the world’s most expensive player stated racism “has no place in football or in life”.

PSG and Istanbul Basaksehir concluded their final group match on Wednesday, with Neymar hitting a hat-trick and saying both teams felt compelled to make a stand against racism in what was an unprecedented protest over an alleged comment

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