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“Either invented or misunderstood.” Juan Cala denies racist insult to Diakhaby

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Mouctar Diakhaby leaving the field of play with his teammates

Spanish footballer Cádiz Juan Cala denied that he called Mouctar Diakhaby “black man…”, a racist insult that Valencia’s French central defender reiterates being targeted in Sunday’s game between the two clubs.

Cala said that he never used the expression attributed to him Diakhaby and considered that he is being the victim of a “Media lynching”, so it announced in a press conference that it will take legal action.

Different version has Diakhaby, who reaffirmed having been insulted by Cala in Sunday’s game in Cádiz, which even led the Valencian team to leave the pitch for about 20 minutes.

“In Cádiz, on Sunday, there is a game in which a player insults me and his words are ‘m black …’. This is intolerable and I cannot consent. You all saw my reaction. This cannot happen in normal life, nor in football, which is a respectable sport ”, said Diakhaby, on social networks.

The French defender added that, after the Valencia team had abandoned the game, a Cádiz player asked them if they would return to the pitch if Cala apologized.

“We said no, that things are not like that, that you can’t do something and apologize and keep everything the same,” says Diakhaby, considering that the insult hurt him a lot.

The French player hopes that the Spanish League will clarify the situation and thanked the solidarity shown by colleagues and coaches, as well as the support of the supporters of his club, in which the Portuguese line up Thierry Correia, Ferro and Gonçalo Guedes.

Valencia have also responded to today’s press conference, “deeply regretting the statements” by Cala, considering that the Cádiz player “Missed a great opportunity to acknowledge his mistake and apologize”.

“After the threats from Juan Cala, the club, its president, Anil Murthy, and player Mouctar Diakhaby keep their deep conviction to fight as long as necessary for the sake of football. Valencia will not stop fighting racism in football and in society ”, says the club in a statement entitled “Juan Cala, we don’t believe you”.

The incident occurred at minute 29 of the encounter at the Ramón Carranza Stadium, when, following a free-kick in favor of Cádiz, Cala and Diakhaby exchanged arguments inside the Valencian area, subsequently leading the French central defender to cross the midfield to challenge the opponent.

After the players of both teams had separated Cala and Diakhaby, the Frenchman was cautioned with a yellow card and spent a few seconds explaining to the referee what had happened, before retiring from the field, accompanied by all the ‘che’ players, including Thierry Correia and Gonçalo Guedes.

The match was resumed after a break of about 20 minutes, during which Valencia claims that referee David Medié Jiménez informed his players of the implications that an abandonment would entail, but the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) came today deny that version.

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