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Juan Cala denies racially abusing Mouctar Diakhaby; Valencia respond 'We Don't Believe You'

April 6, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Cádiz defender Juan Cala has vehemently denied racially abusing Valencia's Mouctar Diakhaby during Sunday's La Liga encounter, saying that he has been involved in "a public lynching."

(CNN)Cádiz defender Juan Cala has vehemently denied racially abusing Valencia's Mouctar Diakhaby during Sunday's La Liga encounter, saying that he has been involved in "a public lynching. "

Sunday's game was suspended for 20 minutes after Valencia walked off the pitch in solidarity when Diakhaby said he was subjected to racist abuse from Cala, according to the referee's report.

In a video of the match, Diakhaby appears to be angry following their exchange and followed Cala across the pitch, where he was eventually restrained by some of his teammates and opposition players.

Following a conversation with his teammate Gabriel Paulista and the match referee, Diakhaby led the rest of his Valencia teammates off the pitch and down the tunnel.

Valencia eventually returned to the pitch to continue the match, but in a statement after the game said it only did so under "threat" of being punished.

Speaking at a virtual news conference on Tuesday, Cala said: "What has happened is a media circus, a public lynching. "

Following Cala's news conference, Valencia issued a strongly worded statement headlined: "Juan Cala, We Don't Believe You. "

The statement in part reads: "Valencia CF are deeply saddened by statements made by Cádiz CF player Juan Cala this Tuesday, in which 48 hours later, he denied racially insulting Mouctar Diakhaby during the LaLiga match played last Sunday at the Ramón de Carranza.

Valencia ended the statement by reiterating their support for Diakhaby adding "we believe our player and back him completely. "

Neither Cádiz nor Cala are yet to publicly responded to Valencia's statement.

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