Game stoppage in Spain: Valencia leaves the field after a racism incident

Game stoppage in Spain
Valencia leaves the field after a racism incident

During the game against FC Cadiz, Valencia professional Diakhaby signals that he has been insulted in a racist manner. He and his teammates then leave the field. The league game of the Spanish Primera División will not be canceled.

After the allegation of a racist statement, the game in the Spanish Primera División between Cadiz FC and Valencia CF was interrupted for a long time on Sunday evening. The Valencia players left the pitch after just under half an hour. Previously, there had been an argument on the pitch between Valencia’s Mouctar Diakhaby and opponent Juan Cala. The Frenchman Diakhaby was apparently very upset, he stormed towards the Cadiz professional.

Valencia tweeted that the teams had decided to continue the game but would condemn all forms of racism. They support Diakhaby: “The player who was racially insulted has asked his team-mates to go back on the field.” Valencia defender Jose Gaya told Moviestar TV that the team continued to play because they were threatened with defeat.

“Diakhaby told us he was insulted,” said the 25-year-old. “That’s why we left the square, but they told us that we had to come back, otherwise they would take away the three points and maybe more,” said Gaya, leaving it open who should have made the threat. “We wouldn’t have done that without his permission.” The Frenchman was “devastated” and was unable to continue playing.

When the game officially resumed in the 30th minute after a break of more than 20 minutes at 1-1, Diakhaby did not return to the game. He was substituted on for Hugo Guillamon. Cadiz won the game 2-1 thanks to a late goal from Marcos Mauro (88th minute). At halftime it was 1: 1.