Valencia Walks Off After Mouctar Diakhaby Is Racially Abused By Cádiz Player

The match would later resume without Diakhaby, who was substituted.

Cádiz and Valencia’s LaLiga match at the Estadio Ramón de Carranza was briefly halted on Sunday after Los Che defender Mouctar Diakhaby was racially abused by Cádiz’s Juan Cala. 

The event took place off the ball, but video shows Diakhaby confronting Cala before being restrained by teammate Kevin Gameiro and Cádiz’s Fali. Diakhaby was booked for his actions; Cala — who was already on a yellow — wasn't punished.

After explaining the situation to the referee and his teammates, the entire Valencia squad showed its support for Diakhaby by walking off the field in the 32nd minute.  

Play would later resume with Diakhaby being replaced by Hugo Guillamón, but Cala remained on the pitch for Cádiz. According to Valencia’s Twitter feed, the 24-year-old Frenchman requested that his teammates continue without him. 

Cala was then taken off at halftime, while Diakhaby could be seen watching from the stands.

According to Valencia captain José Gayà after the match, the team only returned at the behest of Diakhaby after officials had threatened to take away three points from Valencia and possibly even more.   

"Diakhaby told us he heard a racist insult so we all went off the pitch. We were told that we had to play because if we didn't they would take the three points off us and maybe we'd be docked more points," Gayà told Spanish network Movistar. "Diakhaby asked us to play on, we wouldn't have done so if he hadn't done so. He said he wasn't in the right state of mind to keep playing. He is devastated.

“It was a very ugly insult which I won't repeat. We haven't been able to speak with Cala because he was the last player to leave the pitch. I'm certain that he said something. It was a very strange game."

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