Valencia’s La Liga game at Cadiz was temporarily halted as Valencia walked off the pitch in protest after the alleged racist abuse of one of their players.
The incident occurred just before the half-hour mark after Valencia’s Mouctar Diakhaby collided with Juan Cala as Cadiz launched a free-kick into the Valencia box.
The French defender was visibly angry and after a verbal exchange in which he had to be held back by teammate Kevin Gameiro and Cadiz’s Fali, he was shown a yellow card for unsportsmanlike conduct.
After speaking to the referee further to explain the reason for his outburst, the player walked off the pitch and down the tunnel alongside his teammates with the game poised at 1-1.
After the Valencia players held a meeting as to the best course of action, they returned to the pitch to continue the game around 20 minutes later.
The club’s official Twitter page tweeted a defiant ‘No To Racism’ and confirmed the players would return “in order to fight for the honour of the club, but denounce racism of any kind”
Although Cala remained in the Cadiz line-up on the restart until being substituted at half-time, Diakhaby was replaced by Hugo Guillamon.
A further tweet from Valencia stated they offer their complete backing to their player.
It added: “The player, who had received a racial insult, requested that his teammates return to the pitch. WE SUPPORT YOU MOUCTAR. NO TO RACISM.”