Following claims by Mouctar Diakhaby that he was racially abused by Juan Cala during their league game last weekend, La Liga has given its verdict after carrying out investigations.
La Liga repels Diakhaby racism claims
La Liga said Friday it had found no evidence that Juan Cala of Cadiz racially abused valencia’s Mouctar Diakhaby.
The Spanish football federation, which has the final say on disciplinary matters, still has to make its ruling on the incident that has received widespread coverage in Spain.
A furious Diakhaby walked off the field after being involved in a heated exchange with Cala and claimed the Spanish player had used a racist slur towards him in the first half of the game in Cadiz on Sunday.
Valencia’s players left the pitch in solidarity with Diakhaby, becoming the first top-flight Spanish team to make such a protest.
La Liga said it used an external company to analyse TV pictures, sound recordings, and social media material.
Spanish radio station Cope said microphones picked up Cala telling Diakhaby, “Damn it, leave me alone”, then apologising by saying: “Sorry, don’t get angry.” But it reported that investigators had found no evidence that Cala had used racist language.