Benfica coach Jorge Jesus has controversially claimed the discussions taking place surrounding tackling racism in football are "very fashionable".

On Tuesday, Paris Saint-Germain's Champions League clash against Istanbul Basaksehir was postponed following allegations of racism.

Basaksehir substitute Demba Ba was seen remonstrating with fourth official Sebastian Coltescu, before he and his team-mates were followed down the tunnel by their PSG counterparts.

The club's official Twitter account later alleged Pierre Webo, the team's assistant coach, was exposed to racist language by Coltescu and the game was finally postponed after a delay of over two hours.

UEFA confirmed the game will resume at 18:55 CET on Wednesday with a new team of officials, while an investigation into the incident takes place.

PSG stars Kylian Mbappe and Presnel Kimpembe were among the players to post anti-racism messages following the incident.

Benfica boss Jesus was asked for his opinion at a news conference previewing Benfica's Europa League clash at Standard Liege on Thursday and gave a contentious reply.

He said: "I don't know what happened, what was said, but nowadays all this about racism is very fashionable.

"As a citizen I have the right to think in my own way and I can only have a concrete opinion when I know what was said at that moment.

"These days anything that is said about a black person is always a sign of racism, and the same thing about a white man is no longer a sign of racism.

"It's a wave that is taking over the world. Maybe there was a sign of racism, but I don't know what they said to that coach."

Domenec Torrent has been sacked by Flamengo after just three months in charge following a 4-0 defeat by title rivals Atletico Mineiro.

Torrent, who worked as an assistant to Pep Guardiola at Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester City, joined the defending Brasileiro and Copa Libertadores champions from New York City FC at the end of July after Jorge Jesus returned to Benfica, but Sunday's result was seemingly the final straw.

It was the second successive league match in which Flamengo conceded four goals, having also lost 4-1 at home to Sao Paulo a week earlier.

However, Torrent will justifiably feel aggrieved at his departure given Flamengo were third in the Brasileiro table and just a point adrift of leaders Internacional.

Similarly, Flamengo had gone 12 matches unbeaten across all competitions prior to the defeat by Sao Paulo and they topped their Libertadores group with five wins from six matches – their solitary defeat coming in a 5-0 thrashing by Independiente de Valle in their third fixture.

Mauricio Souza, the team's Under-20s coach, will step in until a replacement is appointed, as he did prior to Torrent's arrival.

Benfica head coach Jorge Jesus dismissed speculation linking LaLiga giants Barcelona with Darwin Nunez.

Nunez became Benfica's most expensive signing when he arrived from Almeria in a €24million deal in September.

The 21-year-old forward opened his account with a hat-trick in the Europa League last month, while the Uruguay international has netted four goals across all competitions.

Barca are reportedly interested in Nunez, who has been tipped by Jesus to surpass Joao Felix as the club's most expensive sale following the latter's €126million transfer to Atletico Madrid last year.

Jesus was asked about Nunez and rumoured interest following Benfica's shock 3-0 Primeira Liga loss to Boavista on Monday.

"There is no point in talking about it, it could just be sports news. I don't comment, I was more interested in commenting on Benfica's victory than Darwin," Jesus said.

Benfica suffered their first league defeat of the season after succumbing to goals from Angel Gomes, Alberto Elis and Yanis Hamache.

The result left Benfica second and a point adrift of unbeaten leaders Sporting CP through six matches.

Benfica lost a Primeira Liga game by a margin of three-plus goals for the first time since October 2015, per Opta. Only Boavista and Sporting CP have won multiple league fixtures against Benfica by three or more goals in the 21st century.

Jorge Jesus did not take kindly to Benfica being compared to Barcelona because he thinks Ronald Koeman's team "has nothing".

Barca beat Juventus 2-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday following a run of one win in four games, which included a 3-1 home defeat against Real Madrid in the first Clasico of the season.

Per game in LaLiga this term, the Blaugrana are averaging fewer shots (11), attempts on target (5), chances created (8) and passes (620) than in any of the previous eight campaigns at least.

Standard Liege winger Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez felt there was a comparison to be drawn between Barca's possession-based, attacking approach and Benfica, after the Portuguese giants beat the Belgian side 3-0 in the Europa League on Thursday.

Jesus' men had 67 per cent of possession, 16 attempts on goal, though only five were on target, and attempted 683 passes – over twice as many as Standard – in a resounding win over the Belgian team.

Former Benfica player Carcela-Gonzalez told Portuguese outlet Sport TV with a chuckle: "With Pizzi and [Adel] Taarabt, Benfica look like Barcelona."

It was not a comparison Jesus felt he could take pride in, however, given the situation at Camp Nou under Koeman.

"I will not say we are like Barcelona are now, nor do I want us to look like what they are now," said Jesus.

"The one from a few years ago, yes … the current team has nothing.

"I don't want us to look like the one from now, I don't care about the other one, though."

Jose Mourinho provided Julio Cesar with the high point of his career but the former goalkeeper ranks Jorge Jesus as the best coach he played for.

Julio Cesar, who won 87 caps for Brazil between 2004 and 2014, spent seven years at Inter and was a key member of Mourinho's treble-winning side in 2009-10.

The keeper joined up with Jesus at Benfica for the 2014-15 season and won a Primeira Liga and Taca da Liga double in Lisbon.

Julio Cesar was thoroughly impressed by Jesus' tactical acumen, which he feels sets him apart from any other coach he worked under.

"I really like his work. He is a coach who really has something extra. But not to belittle others, obviously," Julio Cesar said on Caioba Game Show.

"Mourinho was the culmination of my career. It was a very successful time with him at Inter. But between Mourinho and Jesus, I prefer Jesus.

"Tactically, he is absurd. He's a guy who breathes it 24 hours a day. He has a phrase: 'Everyone plays ball; now, understand the game few understand.'

"I remember when I arrived at Benfica, in the first season, I learned a lot. Thing I would never have imagined, reaching the end of my career, at the age of 34, several titles won and a nice history in football.

"In terms of management, he is a guy who knows a lot."

Benfica head coach Jorge Jesus believes Darwin Nunez will surpass Joao Felix as the club's most expensive sale after hailing the hat-trick hero following his Europa League exploits.

Nunez opened his account for Benfica with a three-goal haul as the Portuguese powerhouse defeated Lech Poznan 4-2 in their Europa League opener on Thursday.

The 21-year-old Uruguay forward became Benfica's most expensive signing when he arrived from Almeria in a €24million deal in September.

Jesus is already bracing for Nunez's exit, tipping his transfer fee to surpass the club-record €126m Benfica received from Atletico Madrid for Joao Felix last year.

"We got it right. We must not forget that he is a kid, he is 21 years old, there is a lot about the game that he does not know yet. He will learn with me and Benfica," Jesus told SportTV.

All this decision-making ability, finishing and speed… He was Benfica's most expensive purchase, and when there is no pandemic, he will be the most expensive sale. He will be a world-class player.

"Unfortunately for me, maybe I will lose him in a short time."

Benfica's Nunez scored with all three shots on target away to Polish side Lech Poznan.

Nunez made it 2-1 for Benfica three minutes prior to half-time before netting his second of the match on the hour-mark as he completed his hat-trick in the third minute of stoppage time.

"Three goals? It means a lot to me," Nunez told SIC. "When I don't score, I try to help the team. I haven't scored for five games, but I worked for the team.

"From the first moment the team gave me confidence. They think I deserved these goals. I am very happy.

"I thought I was going to score my first goal. I didn't expect the three goals, but thankfully. Now it's time to continue working with humility. It's a difficult series now and we have to prepare ourselves in the best way."

Benfica have confirmed the signings of Jan Vertonghen, Everton Soares and Luca Waldschmidt.

In an announcement on Friday, Benfica revealed the three additions to coach Jorge Jesus' squad.

Vertonghen, who will wear the number five shirt, arrives as a free agent after the experienced Belgium defender left Tottenham at the end of the 2019-20 Premier League season.

Meanwhile, Everton – who was also linked with the English club of the same name – has joined for an undisclosed fee from Gremio.

The 24-year-old winger has made 14 appearances for Brazil, scoring three goals.

Waldschmidt arrives from Bundesliga club Freiburg, having netted seven league goals to help his former side finish eighth in 2019-20.

A three-time Germany international, Waldschmidt will wear the number 10 jersey.

Benfica finished second in Portugal's Primeira Liga last term, five points behind champions Porto.

Jorge Jesus has been appointed head coach of Benfica for a second time after leaving Brazilian and South American champions Flamengo.

Benfica have turned to veteran Portuguese boss Jesus after they were dethroned by bitter rivals Porto in Primeira Liga this season, it was announced on Friday.

Flamengo had been hopeful of keeping Jesus, who led the club to Campeonato Brasileiro, Copa Libertadores and Recopa Sudamericana glory following his arrival last year.

However, Jesus has re-joined Benfica, where he previously spent six years and won three league trophies among other honours in Lisbon.

"Despite regretting the loss of their victorious coach, Flamengo respects this personal decision," Flamengo said in a statement.

"On behalf of the entire board and the 42 million red-blacks who make up the biggest fan club in the world, our greatest thanks to him and all his technical committee for everything that has been done and our wish that they continue to maintain the enormous success as had with us.

"Flamengo, following what its anthem advocates - and which Jorge Jesus represented so well - will continue in its usual goal: Win, win, win!"

After winning a second Libertadores title and first since 1981 in November, Flamengo were crowned Brazilian champions for the seventh time last year, having not claimed the Campeonato Brasileiro since 2009.

Flamengo then added the Recopa – which pits the Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana champions against each other – to their collection in February.

Rio de Janeiro giants Flamengo also wrapped up the Carioca state championship title against Fluminense on Wednesday.

Jesus, 65, wrote via Instagram: "It was 13 months of perfect union, a time when I was very happy, I felt at home, we had unforgettable achievements. But today we met with the Flamengo board and decided that it was time to end our relationship, without hurting, resentment.

"A break that will leave no scars, only memories of victories and titles, emotions that I will carry for life. End of a cycle, the time has come to return to Portugal. Flamengo, I am sure, will follow its victorious trajectory because it has a cast and structure that matches its greatness.

"To the club, its board and its employees, to this fantastic group of players, to the fans of Flamengo, my eternal gratitude, you will remain forever in my heart."

Flamengo are hoping Jorge Jesus remains their head coach amid a growing expectation in Portugal he could be heading back to Benfica.

Club president Rodolfo Landim said Jesus would be back at work next week, after Rio de Janeiro giants Flamengo wrapped up the Carioca state championship title.

The 65-year-old Portuguese coach previously spent six years in charge of Benfica, leading the Lisbon giants from 2009 to 2015, before then spending three seasons with their bitter rivals Sporting CP.

Jesus has enjoyed a spectacular 13-month reign to date at Flamengo, with the Copa Libertadores and Brasileiro titles among the successes he has brought to the Maracana.

Reports in Portugal claim negotiations between Benfica and Jesus have already begun.

However, Landim said he had received no indication Jesus - who agreed a new contract until at least 2021 last month - wanted to move back to his homeland.

"On Monday, he'll be training the team," Landim said. "Everyone is free to go today, and everyone trains on Monday."

Quoted by Globo Esporte, Landim added: "We are expecting him there on Monday, that's what I said to him now in the dressing room. Everyone has the right [to have a break], you know, they won a title. Let's take a few days off."

Landim said Jesus had given no hint of an approach from another club.

"He did not mention anything, of course not," the president said.

Flamengo head coach Jorge Jesus has extended his contract with the Brazilian giants until at least 2021.

Jesus, 65, took the helm of Flamengo last year and led the club to three trophies in 2019, winning the Copa Libertadores, Brazilian Serie A and Campeonato Carioca.

The former Benfica boss confirmed he had agreed to a new deal on Tuesday, with reports suggesting he will earn around €4million.

"My representatives reached an agreement today with Flamengo's board of directors to renew my contract for another year," Jesus wrote on Instagram.

"My friendly relations with the entire squad, club structure and Flamengo's fans were decisive to touch my heart and spoke louder in my decision.

"Thank you all for your kindness and support."

Jesus has led Flamengo to 41 wins from 55 games since taking charge in June last year.

The Copa Libertadores success last year was Flamengo's first since 1981.

Jorge Jesus is reportedly a target for Newcastle United, but he is keen to stay on at Flamengo.

After being appointed as Flamengo boss on a one-year contract last June, Jesus has been incredibly successful.

He led the Rio de Janeiro giants to the Campeonato Brasileiro and Copa Libertadores double in 2019 and this year tasted glory in the Supercopa do Brasil, Recopa Sudamericana and the Taca Guanabara - the opening stage of the state championship.

Along with Mauricio Pochettino, the former Sporting CP and Benfica coach has been touted as a potential successor for Steve Bruce at St James' Park with Newcastle close to being taken over by a Saudi Arabia-backed ownership group.

Jesus returned to Portugal when Brazilian football was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic but began his journey back to Rio on Friday.

The 65-year-old will then continue discussions about a contract extension and plan for a potential return to training when local lockdown measures are eased.

"Right now, I have nothing on my mind. I have to live day by day, know that what happens is because of this epidemic and make decisions," Jesus told Portuguese publication Record.

"I have two months, and Flamengo's directors have to decide what is best for them.

"We feel like we've created a great team. That's one of the factors that motivates me a lot more to continue, and the way I've been treated too. I have two months to decide my future.

"I feel that Flamengo want me a lot and that is decisive for me, to have a club that wants me a lot."

Asked about the possibility of taking a pay cut due to the financial impact of the coronavirus outbreak on Flamengo, he said: "That is not what the issue is at the moment.

"I am no different from anyone else. This is happening all over the world with professionals in all other areas, so it will also be discussed with me."

Flamengo head coach Jorge Jesus returned a negative result for coronavirus, the Brazilian champions announced.

Jesus tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, though it was weak or inconclusive and being checked.

The 65-year-old Portuguese was cleared of the virus on Wednesday amid the pandemic, which has claimed almost 9,000 lives globally.

"Flamengo inform the new exam carried out by coach Jorge Jesus confirmed a negative result for COVID-19," the club said via Twitter.

"The club are grateful for the support of the entire Red-Black Nation to the Mister in the last days."

Jesus has enjoyed great success at the helm of Flamengo since arriving in 2019, leading the club to Campeonato Brasileiro, Copa Libertadores and Recopa Sudamericana glory.

After winning a second Libertadores title and first since 1981 in November, Flamengo were crowned Brazilian champions for the seventh time last year, having not claimed the Campeonato Brasileiro since 2009.

Flamengo then added the Recopa – which pits the Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana champions against each other – to their collection in February.

Flamengo coach Jorge Jesus said he was feeling fine after testing positive for coronavirus.

The Brazilian Serie A champions announced on Monday that Jesus, 65, has tested positive for COVID-19, although it was weak or inconclusive and being checked.

In a message posted on Instagram, Jesus said he was asymptomatic despite the positive test.

"Hello. Good afternoon in Brazil, good night in Portugal. True, my test was positive," he said.

"It is also true that I feel normal, I am feeling exactly as I felt a month ago, a year ago, two, three, four ... I am normal. I don't feel any symptoms.

"But I had a positive test. I'll be in reclusion. I want to thank the affection of my friends and the fans of Flamengo for sharing this situation with me.

"I think that in a few days everything will be back to normal, God willing. A big kiss to everyone. I am very confident."

The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) announced the suspension of all national football competitions for an indefinite period on Sunday.

Jorge Jesus said he wants to continue as Flamengo head coach amid contract talks with the Brazilian and South American champions.

Jesus has enjoyed great success at the helm of Flamengo since arriving in 2019, leading the club to Campeonato Brasileiro, Copa Libertadores and Recopa Sudamericana glory.

After winning a second Libertadores title and first since 1981 in November, Flamengo were crowned Brazilian champions for the seventh time last year, having not claimed the Campeonato Brasileiro since 2009.

Flamengo then added the Recopa – which pits the Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana champions against each other – to their collection in February.

Former Benfica and Sporting CP boss Jesus, 65, does not intend to leave Rio de Janeiro just yet after discussing his future.

"The person who brought me to Brazil already had meetings with people related to Flamengo the other week," the Portuguese told Fox Sports.

"I want to talk when things are practically defined."

Jesus added: "My dream has always been to win a Champions League. But Flamengo have already made me change that dream a little bit… My will is to continue. It is in the hands of Flamengo."

Brazilian giants Flamengo are on a 10-match unbeaten streak across all competitions.

Flamengo top the Campeonato Carioca – the annual championship of the state of Rio de Janeiro – following back-to-back victories to open the season, while the club kicked off their Libertadores defence with a 2-1 win at Junior on March 4.

Copa Libertadores and Brazilian champions Flamengo added the Recopa Sudamericana to their collection after easing past Independiente del Valle 3-0.

Following last week's 2-2 draw away to Independiente, 10-man Flamengo triumphed 5-2 on aggregate thanks to Gabriel 'Gabigol' Barbosa and two-goal hero Gerson.

All-conquering Flamengo have taken South America by storm under head coach Jorge Jesus, ending trophy droughts domestically and continentally.

After winning a second Libertadores title and first since 1981 in November, Flamengo were crowned Brazilian champions for the seventh time last year, having not claimed the Campeonato Brasileiro since 2009.

Flamengo sealed another piece of silverware on Wednesday in the annual CONMEBOL showdown between the previous year's Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana champions.

Gabigol – who made his move from Serie A side Inter to Flamengo permanent in January – gave the home side a 19th-minute lead after an embarrassing moment for Independiente.

Independiente defender Luis Segovia's header back to Jorge Pinos left his goalkeeper scrambling as the ball struck the crossbar and fell to the feet of Gabigol.

After team-mate Willian Arao saw red four minutes later, former Roma midfielder Gerson doubled Flamengo's lead in the 62nd minute and completed the scoring with a minute remaining following a red card to Independiente substitute Alejandro Cabeza.

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