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Racism Concerns in Spain as Valencia Abandons Game

Los Che’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 Los Che’s Mouctar Diakhaby collided with Juan Cala as Cadiz launched a free-kick into the opponent’s box.

Valencia walk off pitch after alleged racist insults

The French defender was visibly angry after a verbal exchange in which he had to be held back by teammate Kevin Gameiro and Cadiz’s Fali, the referee showed him 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 about the best course of action, they returned to the pitch to continue the game around 20 minutes later.

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