Tebas Confirms La Liga Is Investigating Valencia Racism Claims

April 6, 2021
Sports

La Liga are investigating allegations Valencia’s Mouctar Diakhaby was racially abused by Juan Cala of Cadiz during their game on the weekend, the league’s president Javier Tebas confirmed on Monday.

“We are already carrying out an internal investigation with the videos and images of the game we have to clarify what happened,” Tebas told Movistar.

“The accounts are contradictory but looking at the behaviour of the Valencia player you can see that something happened.”

Valencia’s players walked off during the first half of Sunday’s game in protest but later resumed, with the club claiming they were told they would be punished if they refused to return.

“Valencia has to do what the referee determines,” said Tebas. “Obviously the referee did not hear anything because if he had I have no doubt that he would have suspended the game. What Valencia did was follow the instructions of the referee.”

Diakhaby had been involved in a heated exchange with Cala before the Frenchman left the field and the fixture was stopped.

Referee David Medie wrote in his match report Diakhaby told him that Cala called him a “negro de mierda”, meaning a “sh**ty black”.

Medie wrote the insult had “not been picked up by any of the refereeing team”.

Cadiz coach Alvaro Cervera said after the game that Cala insisted he had not racially insulted Diakhaby

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