La Liga club Valencia have rallied behind one of their first-team stars after he was racially abused on the pitch in an incident which sadly mirrors that experienced by Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara.
Valencia’s weekend clash with Cadiz was interrupted in the first half as the club’s players left the field of play following racist abuse aimed at defender Mouctar Diakhaby.
The Valencia players have walked off the pitch at the Carranza 🦇
Mouctar Diakhaby was visibly angry after an altercation with Cadiz's Juan Cala, and ultimately left the pitch with his teammates following behind him pic.twitter.com/3XKvm5Y9dc
— Premier Sports 📺 (@PremierSportsTV) April 4, 2021
Valencia teammates of the French star left the field of play in solidarity with Cadiz star Juan Cala the man accused of racially abusing Diakhaby.
Since then, Cala has denied racially abusing the defender whilst Valencia have defiantly stood behind their player. Sound familiar?
Cala, 31, has claimed he told Diakhaby to “leave me in peace” and railed against the suggestion he was racist to the 24-year-old, claiming he was “judged before the game was over” [BBC Sport].
Valencia have since taken to their website and social media channels to announce “we don’t believe you” in a statement aimed at the Cadiz defender.
“Valencia CF are deeply saddened by statements made by Cádiz CF player Juan Cala this Tuesday, in which 48 hours later, he denied racially insulting Mouctar Diakhaby during the LaLiga match played last Sunday at the Ramón de Carranza,” reads the statement.
“Cala has missed a great opportunity to accept his mistake and apologise to the player affected. Instead of doing this, he attacked both Diakhaby and other members of Valencia CF.
“Valencia CF wish to reiterate that we believe our player and back him completely. After the threats made by Cala in his press conference this Tuesday, April 6th, the Club, president Anil Murthy and Mouctar Diakhaby himself remain firm in the conviction to fight to the end, wherever necessary, on the matter for the good of football and society.
“Valencia CF will not stop fighting for an improvement in protocol and in the battle against racism in football.”
It’s all shamelessly familiar to the fall-out surrounding Rangers and Slavia Prague where Kamara was racially abused by Czech international defender Ondrej Kudela.
UEFA have now launched an investigation into both Kamara and Kudela as Slavia continue to claim that the defender was assaulted by the Rangers star after the match.
Kudela was also handed a one match ban whilst the investigation is undertaken with UEFA’s approach to the incident being resoundingly criticised by Gers fans.