Valencia defender posts video calling for sanctions after racist insult

Valencia defender Mouctar Diakhaby confirmed on Tuesday (6/4) that he was the target of a racist insult by Juan Cala, a player from Cádiz, and called for sanctions on the Spanish league. In a video published on social networks, the Frenchman recalled the incident in the match held last Sunday (4/4), in Cadiz, for the Spanish Championship, and lamented the attitude of his rival, who he considers intolerable in football.

“I want to talk about what happened in Cádiz on Sunday. After two days, I am calm and I want to speak. During the game, a player racially insulted me. This is intolerable and everyone saw my reaction. This cannot happen in life, especially in football, which is a respected sport. Today I feel good, but it hurt me a lot. There are such things in life. I hope that La Liga will take a stand and apply sanctions so that the situation is clear, ”he said.

Diakhaby explained that he decided to leave the field with his teammates and that Cádiz suggested resuming the game if Cala apologized, a request rejected by Valencia.

“Me and my teammates decided to leave the field, it was a good decision. Then, one of their players asked us to return to the field if Cala apologized, but we said no because things are not like that. You cannot apologize and everything is resolved ”, he commented.

Diakhaby left the field in the 29th minute of the first half, as did his teammates. The game was resumed about 20 minutes later, but without Diakhaby, who was replaced. Cala remained on the pitch and even scored one of the goals in Cádiz’s 2-1 win.

On Monday (5/4), Cala had already commented briefly on what had happened. “I’m cool. I will not hide. I’m very calm. It seems that there is no presumption of innocence in this country, ”he said.


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