The Valencia club was quick to react on Friday to the La Liga press release, indicating that the report drawn up had not found evidence of racist insults by Juan Cala against Mouctar Diakhaby. The French defender’s team “do not change their minds” and ensure that this does not “mean that it did not happen”.
La Liga have not found “proof” of any racist insult from Juan Cala against Mouctar Diakhaby. This was announced on Friday by the report of a lip-reading company commissioned by the managerial body of Spanish professional football. The Valencia club for its part disputes the conclusions of the investigation.
“The fact that no proof has been found does not mean that this did not happen, said the club Valencia in a statement on Friday. Valencia CF would like to stress that La Liga have carried out their own investigation, but in no way do the Club change their minds about what happened during the match and maintain their full support for Diakhaby. Our aim is to see the change, to see an appropriate response to this very serious incident, to see a movement to change regulations and attitudes to these types of problems whenever they arise. “
“We note that La Liga tried to clarify what happened in Cadiz”
Mouctar Diakhaby accuses Juan Cala of having insulted him as “black shit” last Sunday during the La Liga meeting between Valencia and Cadiz. The French defender left the pitch in the 30th minute of play, causing the game to be temporarily suspended. His partners then returned to the lawn, without Diakhaby.
“Notwithstanding the fact that the facts under investigation could not be fully confirmed due to the lack of full recording of the incident, we note that LaLiga tried to clarify what happened in Cadiz, continues Valencia’s press release. Valencia CF, likewise, considers it positive that discussions have started to establish new protocols necessary to combat racism in football. We are very proud of Diakhaby, the captains, the players , the coach and his technical staff for their reaction to the game against Cadiz. “
For its part, LaLiga claims to have analyzed the “audiovisual and digital archives available, the soundtracks of the match, the images captured and what may have been broadcast on various social networks”, without finding anything. The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has for its part opened “extraordinary proceedings” against Juan Cala and can still pronounce possible disciplinary sanctions against the player.