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Valencia condemn racism, as Cadiz clash halted and restarted without Mouctar Diakhaby

Valencia condemn racism, as Cadiz clash halted and restarted without Mouctar Diakhaby

 

Altogether concerning scenes during the meeting between Valencia and Cadiz this evening eventually resulted in the former’s stars opting to depart the field of play.

Gameiro levels it up

Sunday’s penultimate La Liga outing is currently playing out at the Estadio Ramón de Carranza.

The matchup in question saw relegation battling Cadiz welcome mid-table Valencia to the southwest of Spain.

A thoroughly entertaining opening 20 minutes subsequently played out, as the hosts took the lead courtesy of Juan Cala, just inside the quarter of an hour mark:

Valencia, though, quickly hit back, levelling the score courtesy of Kevin Gameiro’s typically cool finish.

Fresh racism concerns

As outlined above, however, scenes at the Carranza soon took on a less entertaining, and considerably more worrying complexion.

With 29 minutes on the clock, a challenge in the Valencia box between Mouctar Diakhaby and goalscorer Cala saw words exchanged between the pair.

Something said by the latter, though – since labelled as racist – left Diakhaby absolutely livid, forcing players from both sides to intervene in a bid to remove the incensed stopper from the situation.

The decision, in turn, was made by the visitors to depart the field of play, with Cadiz having swiftly followed:

Surprisingly, though, less than 15 minutes later, the players returned.

This came after Diakhaby, whom Valencia confirmed had ‘received a racist insult’, urged his teammates to see out the clash.

The stopper himself, though, was substituted, to be replaced by Hugo Guillamon:

In a further statement, Los Che went on to confirm that the club, as a whole, came to the decision to return to the pitch, albeit whilst ‘condemning racism around the world’:

 

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.