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Valencia walk off the pitch after alleged racist insult to Mouctar Diakhaby

The LaLiga Santander match between Cadiz and Valencia was halted in the first half after a clash between Juan Cala and Mouctar Diakhaby.

Diakhaby chased after the Cadiz player after allegedly hearing a racist insult, although it’s not yet clear exactly what comments were exchanged.

After a lengthy discussion between players and the referee and after Diakhaby was even shown a yellow card, the Valencia players decided to walk off the pitch in response.

A few minutes later, though, the players returned and, after five minutes of warm-up, the match was restarted from the 29th minute, with Cadiz taking a throw-in and passing the ball to Valencia’s defence.

Diakhaby did not come out for the restart, with Hugo Guillamon coming on instead. Cala – who had scored Cadiz’s goal for the 1-1 score that marked the scoreboard at the time of the incident – did continue.

Valencia posted two tweets, stating that their player received a racist insult and that he had urged his teammates to go back out and play.

Isaac Darko
Isaac Darko is the lead Combat Sports writer for AfroBallers. He is an expert in Boxing, Mixed Martial Art and Wrestling reportage. Isaac is a journalist with newfound love for athlete management and digital media.

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