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Cadiz release statement on Juan Cala following alleged racist abuse of Mouctar Diakhaby

Ross Jackson
Apr 7, 2021, 3:15 PM GMT+1
Juan Cala is alleged to have racially abused Valencia defender Mouctar Diakhaby
Juan Cala is alleged to have racially abused Valencia defender Mouctar Diakhaby / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Cadiz have released a statement insisting Juan Cala has been unfairly accused of racial abuse towards Mouctar Diakhaby and that the Valencia man should be punished for making the allegations.

The alleged incident took place during Valencia's 2-1 loss to Cadiz last Sunday, with Diakhaby having to be restrained after a brief exchange with Cala, before he and his teammates left the field in protest.

The game ultimately resumed with Diakhaby having to be immediately substituted, with the events clearly taking their toll on him as he was pictured crying in the tunnel.

A number of claims and statements have since been made by both the clubs and individuals involved, with Cala vehemently protesting his innocence, while Diakhaby has taken to his personal Twitter account to provide his version of events, explaining: "In Cadiz on Sunday there is a play in which a player insults me and his words are "sh*tty black."

"That is intolerable, I cannot consent to that. You all saw my reaction. That cannot happen in normal life and neither in football, which is a sport of respect."

Despite the accusation made towards Cala, La Liga outfit Cadiz have now supported the Spaniard by releasing a statement via their official website which condemns the Valencia man's accusations and insists he should be punished.

The statement read: "Upon confirmation of the opening of the file to Juan Cala by the Competition Committee at the request of the Integrity department of the RFEF and due to a complaint from the Valencia Football Club, the Cadiz Football Club makes the following statements.

"We fully agree and we applaud that the RFEF opens an investigation into the accusations that have been leveled against our player, Juan Torres Ruiz 'Juan Cala'.

"We hope and trust that, for the sake of football, the investigation process will be completed.

"If the investigation ends, as we are sure, resolving the concurrence of an unfair accusation against our player Juan Cala, that same body, following the same criteria, must take the necessary measures so that those who have accused without any evidence are punished .

"The Cadiz Football Club will defend its player from any type of unfounded accusation, just as in the reverse case it would have condemned and fought against any conduct contrary to the values ​​demanded by the competition and our own entity."

The statement ended with an unequivocal stance against racial abuse, with the club adding: "STOP RACISM. NO TO RACISM."