Spain: French Mouctar Diakhaby denounces racist insults, match interrupted

The La Liga Matchday 29 match between Cadiz and Valencia was put on hold on Sunday, after the players left the pitch in support of Mouctar Diakhaby. The Frenchman says he has been the victim of racist insults on the ground.

He stopped playing in the middle of the action, tried to settle accounts and then complained vigorously to the referee. Mouctar Diakhaby says he was the victim of racist insults this Sunday, during the match between his team Valencia and Cadiz, as part of the 29th day of La Liga.

Around the 30th minute, the French defender and his opponent Juan Cala had a very lively exchange on the pitch. The former OL player then went to see the referee to protest and explain the situation to him. The player has been given a yellow card.

The match resumed without Diakhaby

Furious Diakhaby during Cadiz-Valencia
Angry Diakhaby during Cadiz-Valencia © Screenshot of Bein Sports
In the distance, Diakhaby stops playing and accuses Juan Cala of racism
In the distance, Diakhaby stops playing and accuses Juan Cala of racism © Screenshot Bein Sports

Diakhaby then decided to go back to the locker room and all his Valencian teammates followed him. The match was therefore interrupted and the Cadiz players also returned to the locker room. The interruption lasted a quarter of an hour. The actors of the two teams finally returned to the lawn. Not Mouctar Diakhaby, who stayed in the locker room. The defender has been replaced by Guillamón. Juan Cala, however, resumed his place on the pitch.

It was Diakhaby who asked his teammates to resume

Difficult to determine what he really said between the two men and the altercation will, without a doubt, follow. On his Twitter account, Valence explains that it was Mouctar Diakhaby who asked the players of Valence to return to the pitch to continue the match. The club confirms in passing that his player denounced racist insults against him.

A few minutes after the resumption of the game, the French defender took his place in the tribune, to watch his teammates: “Our full support for Mouctar Diakhaby, writes Valence. No to racism. The player, who received a racist insult, has asked his teammates to return to the field to fight. All with you, Mouctar. “

Already precedents in Europe

An incident and a powerful reaction which are reminiscent of Moussa Marega’s decision: in February 2020, the Porto player left the field, saying he was the victim of racist insults from a Guimaraes player. At the time, he had not been followed by his teammates. Last December, the players of Basaksehir and those of PSG had all left the lawn, during a Champions League match, accusing the fourth referee of racist remarks against Pierre Achille Webo, deputy in the Istanbul staff. The match had to be postponed until the next day.


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