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La Liga: Valencia Players Walk Off Pitch After Alleged Racist Abuse In Cadiz Match

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La Liga: Valencia Players Walk Off Pitch After Alleged Racist Abuse In Cadiz Match

In the incident that occurred just before the half-hour mark when Valencia’s Mouctar Diakhaby collided with Juan Cala as Cadiz launched a free-kick into the Valencia box.

The French defender was visibly angry and after a verbal exchange in which he had to be held back by teammate Kevin Gameiro and Cadiz’s Fali, he was shown a yellow card for unsportsmanlike conduct.

After talking to the referee to explain the reason for his outburst, the player walked off the pitch and down the tunnel alongside his teammates with the game poised at 1-1.

 The Valencia players then held a meeting as to decide the best course of action, they then agreed to return to the pitch to continue the game around 20 minutes later.

The club’s Twitter handle made a strong “No To Racism” statement and confirmed the playerswould return “in order to fight for the honour of the club, but denounce racism of any kind”.

Although Cadiz player “Cala” remained in the Cadiz line-up on the restart until being substituted at half-time, Diakhaby did not restart the game but was immediately replaced by Hugo Guillamon after the incident.

But Valencia showed their support for their player with a further tweet.

While a Cadiz club statement said: “We are against any situation of racism or xenophobia, whoever the author, and we work for its eradication. All the perpetrators of these crimes, whether or not they are from our team, must pay for it.

“We do not doubt the honesty of all members of our squad, who are firm defenders of the fight against racism, whose attitude has always been exemplary in all the matches that have been played.

“The club cannot enter into assessments of the issues of the game between the players, and we always demand an attitude of respect and responsibility towards the opponents.”

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