Valencia players walk off pitch after racist incident

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Valencia players walked off the pitch in the 29th minute of their La Liga match against Cadiz on Sunday.

This came after their player Mouctar Diakhaby was the victim of an alleged racist comment.

The score was 1-1 when Diakhaby was involved in an altercation with Cadiz’s Juan Cala. Valencia’s Gabriel Paulista then kicked the ball out of play and the players from both sides walked off the pitch.

Following a short break, the players returned to the pitch, but Diakhaby did not return and Hugo Guillamon came on in his place.

“We offer our complete backing to Mouctar Diakhaby,” a tweet posted on Valencia’s page read.

“The player, who had received a racial insult, requested that his teammates return to the pitch. WE SUPPORT YOU MOUCTAR. NO TO RACISM.”

Diakhaby was seen watching the remainder of the first half from the stands.

It was the first time a La Liga match had been halted following an accusation of racism.

Cadiz released a statement saying the club was “against any manifestation of racism or xenophobia, regardless of who the perpetrator is” but did not mention Cala.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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