Valencia walk off amid alleged racist abuse

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The players of Valencia walked off the pitch away to Cadiz for 20 minutes in protest at an alleged racist insult aimed at central defender Mouctar Diakhaby by Cadiz
defender Juan Cala.

The incident happened after 29 minutes with the score tied 1-1 (in a game that Cadiz ended up winning 2-1) after Cala and Diakhaby challenged for a high ball and then exchanged words, on

Sunday. A clearly angered Diakhaby had to be separated from Cala and after he had been booked by the match referee (who didn’t see the incident) the Valencia players walked off the pitch in protest.

It is the first time a top-flight team has walked off the pitch due to a presumed racist insult, but after a 20-minute break, the two sides resumed the game with Hugo Guillamon replacing Diakhaby, while Cala remained on the pitch for Cadiz (although he was replaced at halftime).

Valencia published a tweet on the official club website saying: “We offer our complete backing to Diakhaby,” but added, “the player who received a racial insult requested his teammates return to
the pitch.”