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Valencia team leaves pitch after Diakhaby alleges racial abuse


VALENCIA, SPAIN - JANUARY 21: Mouctar Diakhaby of Valencia CF looks on during the La Liga Santander match between Valencia CF and C.A. Osasuna at Estadio Mestalla on January 21, 2021 in Valencia, Spain. Sporting stadiums around Spain remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

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Valencia walked off the pitch following allegations of racial abuse of one of their players, delaying their La Liga match against Cadiz on Sunday.

The match was 1-1 on goals from the hosts’ Juan Cala and Valencia’s Kevin Gameiro when Mouctar Diakhaby was shown a yellow card following an argument with Cala in the 30th minute.

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There was more to the story, though, as Diakhaby says he was racially abused and his teammates decided to leave the pitch.

The club Tweeted out that the players returned to the pitch at the urging of Diakhaby, who plays center back for Javi Gracia’s Bats, and denounces racism of any kind.

Diakhaby did not return to the pitch with his teammates, a 30th-minute sub. And there wasn’t the slim silver lining of a result, as Marcos Mauro scored the winner for Cadiz in the 88th minute.

USMNT midfielder Yunus Musah was a 90th-minute sub for Valencia. He had five touches, completing a pass and making an interception.

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