a Liga claims to find no proof of corruption during its investigation into charges that Cadiz defender Juan Cala racially assaulted Valencia star Mouctar Diakhaby during an April 4 match. Read more about the Cala-Diakhaby case below.
The Valencia players have walked off the pitch at the Carranza 🦇
Mouctar Diakhaby was visibly angry after an altercation with Cadiz's Juan Cala, and ultimately left the pitch with his teammates following behind him pic.twitter.com/3XKvm5Y9dc
— Premier Sports 📺 (@PremierSportsTV) April 4, 2021
The alleged incident happened last Sunday after Cadiz’s victory over Valencia. Cala and Diakhaby had a brief exchange that left the Valencia player upset. It caused him and his teammates to leave the field for a short time. Diakhaby grew enraged by Cala’s remarks midway through the first half, prompting him and his Los Che teammates to leave the field.
The play was finally resumed. A shadow was thrown over Spanish football after Diakhaby accused Cala of calling him a “sh*tty negro,” prompting La Liga to investigate.
Diakhaby was seen weeping in the tunnel and had to be substituted when his Valencia team re-entered the tie.
A slew of comments from both clubs and individuals involved have since been released. With Cadiz claiming their player’s innocence and Diakhaby and Valencia standing by their original accusations.
Following an investigation, La Liga has revealed that they have not been able to confirm the accusations are accurate, but they will continue to examine the available video.
According to an official announcement, “La Liga has reported to the clubs involved and the related authority the results of inquiries into what transpired between Cadiz and Valencia players during last weekend’s game. Following an examination of all the evidence, it was determined that there was no evidence in any of the available media that the player Juan Torres Ruiz [Cala] offended Mouctar Diakhaby using the supposed words.
All accessible audiovisual and multimedia files, including photographs transmitted and shared on various social networks, were analyzed. To complete the scenario, a specialized firm was hired. The firm was supposed to do lip-reading research of the interactions and observe the players’ actions.
La Liga has exchanged these findings with the clubs involved. As well as the related authority so that they can be included in the current inquiries. La Liga reiterates its rejection of bigotry in all of its manifestations. It continues its contribution to a never-ending battle against any type of this kind. As shown by the many prosecutions taken for hate crimes, including parallel cases in the past.
From La Liga and all teams, we will continue to serve at all levels. In all areas of our sport to defend the ideals of equality and integrity that exist in our culture within Spanish professional football.”
Shortly after La Liga’s announcement, Valencia replied with their statement via their official website. They said Diakhaby still has the full support of everyone at the club. Just because the racial slur could not be understood does not mean it was not spoken.
“According to the available videos and audio, the inquiry cannot prove ‘Any’ word that Diakhaby heard in minute 28 of the game last Sunday vs Cadiz,” the statement said. “The absence of evidence would not rule out the possibility that the incident occurred.
“Valencia CF would like to emphasize that La Liga conducted their investigation. The club has not changed our view about what happened in the game. We remain fully supportive of Diakhaby.”