Everyone poses for a photo with an open, flat hand, in a “stop” sign, with Diakhaby in front. The image was posted on the club’s social networks with the caption “Stop racism”. Valencia also issued an official statement expressing “full support” for Diakhaby and indicating that it will fight to the end to eradicate racism and clarify last Sunday’s case.
Shortly after the match against Cádiz, Valencia had manifested itself through a note, in which it indicated pride in the support given by the teammates to Diakhaby, including the decision to leave the pitch after the incident. The club also ensured that it did not encourage the athletes to return to the pitch, indicating that the players decided to return after the referee indicated the possible consequences of abandoning the game. The statement also noted that Diakhaby himself encouraged his teammates to return to the pitch.
The French defender accused Spaniard Juan Cala of racism in the 29th minute of the first half of last Sunday’s clash, won by Cádiz by 2 to 1. After a disagreement with his rival, Diakhaby sought the referee indicating that Cala had offended him, calling him of “shit black”. The player’s revolt was shared by teammates, and the Valencia squad decided to leave the pitch.
The match was paralyzed for about 20 minutes, until the athletes from Valencia returned to the field to conclude the match – without Diakhaby, who decided not to act anymore. The referee of the game, David Medié, reported in the summary the accusation made by the French against Juan Cala.
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