Juan Cala denies having racially abused Mouctar Diakhaby; Valence responds in a statement

Sunday’s game was suspended for 20 minutes after Valencia left the field in solidarity when Diakhaby said he suffered racist abuse from Cala, according to the referee’s report.

The report states that Diakhaby told the referee that Cala called him a “sh * tty black”, but that the alleged incident “was not noticed by any member of the referee team.”

In a video of the match, Diakhaby appears to be angry after their exchange and followed Cala onto the pitch, where he was ultimately held up by some of his teammates and opposition players.

As Diakhaby was whisked away, Cala could be seen covering her mouth with her hand as he spoke to his coach on the sideline.

After a chat with teammate Gabriel Paulista and the match referee, Diakhaby led the rest of his Valencia teammates out of the pitch and into the tunnel.

Valencia eventually returned to the pitch to continue the game, but in a post-game statement he said he had only done so under “threat” of punishment.

Speaking at a virtual press conference on Tuesday, Cala said: “What happened was a media circus, a public lynching.”

“The best thing would have been to get together with (Diakhaby) in a play to explain what happened. Instead, everything that happened was a circus. I was tried before the end. Match.

“There are 20 or 25 cameras around, who knows how many microphones […] When he (Diakhaby) was allegedly insulted, there were about 7 or 8 players around me and no one heard anything. So at the very least let me have some doubt about what happened, ”he said.

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No other player on both sides has come forward since Sunday’s incident to reveal whether he heard, firsthand, what was said.

Following the Cala press conference, Valencia released a strongly worded statement titled: “Juan Cala, we don’t believe you.”

The statement read in part: “Valencia CF are deeply saddened by the statements of Cadiz CF player Juan Cala on Tuesday, in which 48 hours later, he denied having racially insulted Mouctar Diakhaby during the LaLiga match played last Sunday in Ramón de Carranza.

“Cala missed a great opportunity to accept her mistake and apologize to the player concerned.

Cala in action during the La Liga Santander match between Villarreal CF and Cadiz CF.

“Instead of doing that, he attacked both Diakhaby and other members of Valencia CF.”

Valencia ended the statement by reiterating their support for Diakha adding “we believe our player and fully support him”.

Neither Cadiz nor Cala have yet publicly responded to Valencia’s statement.

Diakhaby himself first spoke about the incident in a video posted to his official Twitter account earlier Tuesday and ahead of Cala’s press conference.

The French defender said he had been “very injured” and hoped La Liga would impose sanctions.

Speaking to Spain’s El Chiringuito TV show on Monday, La Liga president Javier Tebas said: “We are analyzing the footage to find out what happened. Something happened because the Valencia player was very angry. “

The Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) was not immediately available for comment when contacted by CNN.

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