THE LaLiga game between Valencia and Cadiz on Sunday was temporarily suspended after racism allegations prompted a walk-off.
Mouctar Diakhaby of Valencia was left incensed after an argument with Juan Cala during the first-half at Nuevo Estadio Ramon de Carranza.
Mouctar Diakhaby was left incensed after claiming to have been racially abusedCredit: EPA
The defender walked off the pitch as Cadiz versus Valencia was temporarily suspendedCredit: EPA
Both players were handed yellow cards by the referee as team-mate Gabriel Paulista attempted to calm the angry Frenchman down.
But the seriousness of the allegations were evident as Diakhaby, 24, walked off the pitch in disgust.
Los Che players followed their colleague off before Cadiz players also returned to the dressing rooms and the game was temporarily abandoned.
Valencia delegate David Rangel was seen talking to central defender Cala, 31, as the game was halted for several minutes.
The Cadiz team began to return to the pitch as the visitors agreed to resume the match, which the club confirmed was at Diakhaby’s behest.
The centre-back did not play on however, and was substituted for defender Hugo Guillamon.
Before the second kick-off, with the clock at 29 minutes and the scores tied at 1-1, the team released a statement condemning racism.
Valencia tweeted: “No to racism.
“The team have held a meeting and decided to continue the game, in order to fight for the honour of the club, but denounce racism of any kind.”
According to Marca, Diakhaby took up a position in the stands to watch the rest of the game unfold.
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