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Spanish federation sues Juan Cala for racist insult – ZAP

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Mouctar Diakhaby leaving the field of play with his teammates

The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) opened a disciplinary process against Juan Cala to “clarify” whether there were racist insults directed at Mouctar Diakhaby.

“It is essential to act firmly in relation to any action, demonstration or declaration susceptible to violence, racism, xenophobia or intolerance in football. Therefore, disciplinary proceedings have been opened to Juan Cala, to clarify the nature and scope of the facts, and then to impose a sanction or not ”, reads a statement from the RFEF Competition Committee.

The agency added that this measure comes after receiving the report from the director of Integrity and Security at RFEF and a letter from Valencia. The two clubs have already congratulated the federation for opening the case.

At stake is the incident that occurred at the meeting last Sunday, of the 29th round of the Spanish league, in which Mouctar Diakhaby left the pitch, followed by the rest of the team that, for allegedly have been the target of a racist insult by Cala.

The match was interrupted for long minutes, but ended up being resumed, without Diakhaby, who was eventually replaced, and ended with a win by Cádiz, playing at home, by 2-1, with Cala scoring one of the goals of his team.

On Tuesday, at a press conference, the 31-year-old central explained that he fell out with Diakhaby during the match, but that in no time there were any kind of racist words or offenses.

Cala also considered that he is being the victim of a “media lynching”, having announced that he will take legal action.

On the same day, the 24-year-old French defender used Valencia’s social media to reinforce that he was the target of a racist insult on the part of Cala.

“In Cádiz, on Sunday, there is a game in which a player insults me and his words are ‘black man …’. 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.

Valencia also reacted to the press conference, “deeply regretting their statements” and considering that the Cádiz player “missed a great opportunity to assume your mistake and apologize ”.

In the referee’s report, the meeting judge wrote that Diakhaby informed all members of his team (assistants and fourth referee) that he had been the target of a racist insult on the part of Cala, but stressed that this was not heard by anyone.

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