Spanish top team Valencia and former Manchester United Champions League winner Rio Ferdinand have joined Mouctar Diakhaby after the angry star was the focus of an extraordinary incident during a game.
Both players left the pitch just over half an hour ahead after defender Diakhaby Cala, who opened the scoring for hosts Cadiz, angrily accused of making a racist remark.
The French defender had to be held back by players on both sides before speaking to the referee and walking back down the tunnel to join the rest of his teammates and opponents shortly afterwards.
After some reflection, Valencia posted an anti-racism message on its social media channels, announcing that they would return to the field “to fight for the club’s honor”, stressing that they “racism all.” Kind of denounce “. .
👊 Brilliant scenes of solidarity as the Valencia players leave the field after alleged racist comment on Mouctar Diakhaby.pic.twitter.com/OqgeSVu93b
– The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) April 4, 2021
We offer our full support @ Diakhaby_5. The player, who received a racial slur, urged his teammates to return to the field of play. WE SUPPORT YOU MOUCTAR𝗡𝗢 𝗧𝗢 𝗥𝗔𝗖𝗜𝗦𝗠 ✊🏽✊🏿 pic.twitter.com/iPtPSpdNYv
– Valencia CF @ (@valenciacf_en) April 4, 2021
With the 1-1 result, Hugo Guillamon was replaced by Diakhaby, while Cala stayed on the pitch.
Six-time English Premier League winners Ferdinand later predicted the departure would encourage teams to take similar action following alleged racist clashes, while Valencia later reiterated its support for Diakhaby.
“The player who received a racial slur asked his teammates to return to the field,” they said. “We support you, Mouctar. No to racism.”
Cala was substituted at the beginning of the second half before Cadiz won 2-1 thanks to an 88th-minute winner at the Estadio Ramon de Carranza.
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