Valencia player left the field over alleged racism on Diakhaby

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The La Liga match between Cadiz and Valencia was halted within the first half of the game following an argument between Juan Cala of Cadiz and Diakhaby of Valencia which lead the Valencia players walked away from the pitch.

Into the 25th minute of the game, Diakhaby allegedly received racial abuse from Cadiz’s Juan Cala. The referee David Medie Jimenez booked Diakhaby for his reaction, but Cala, who was already on a yellow, avoided a second yellow. After the referee failed to take action, the Valencia players walked off the field of play.

However, the game finally resumed after a 25-minute stoppage without Diakhaby who was replaced by Guillamon. Juan Cala did come back for Cadiz, but he was then taken off at half-time for Marcos Mauro.

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Just prior to the resumption, Valencia has put a tweet explaining what happened:

“The team has met and decides to return to fight for the shield but firm in condemning racism in all of Valencia in all its forms. No racism.”

Then he explained why Diakhaby did not go out on the pitch: “The player, who has received a racist insult, has asked his teammates to return to the field to fight.”

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