Valencia leave pitch in racism protest

Valencia defender Mouctar Diakhaby talks with referee David Medie Jimenez after an alleged racist comment by a Cadiz player
Mouctar Diakhaby spoke with referee David Medie Jimenez before the Valencia players left the pitch

Valencia walked off the pitch during Sunday’s 2-1 La Liga defeat at Cadiz after an alleged racist comment, before later returning to complete the match.

Mouctar Diakhaby reacted furiously after a first-half clash with Cadiz’s Juan Cala and spoke with the referee.

Valencia’s players left the pitch in protest and the club said Diakhaby, 24, “received a racial insult”.external-link

He later asked his team-mates to return and they resumed the game but without Diakhaby, who was substituted.

“We offer our complete backing to Mouctar Diakhaby,” Valencia said.

“The team have held a meeting and decided to continue the game, in order to fight for the honour of the club, but denounce racism of any kind.”

The game was 1-1 at the time, with Kevin Gameiro having equalised after Spanish defender Cala opened the scoring for Cadiz.

Cala, 31, was also substituted at half-time, before Marcos Mauro’s 88th-minute goal gave Cadiz a 2-1 victory.

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