José Gayà after alleged racist abuse: “Mouctar Diakhaby is gutted.”

Valencia captain José Gayà spoke about an alleged incident of racist abuse directed towards Valencia defender Mouctar Diakhaby in the club’s 2-1 defeat to Cádiz on Sunday.

The Valencia team walked off the pitch during their LaLiga meeting with Cádiz after an incident between Diakhaby and Cádiz player Juan Cala occurred.

He [Diakhaby] told us he had received a racist insult. It’s terrible that these things continue to happen in football, a solution has to be put in place.

We went back out to play because they told us they could penalise us with three points and something more. He [Diakhaby] asked us to go back, he’s gutted, it was a very ugly insult,” Gayà added.

A statement from Valencia said: “The team met up and decided to return to the pitch to fight for the badge, but firm in their condemnation of all forms of racism.”

Valencia also confirmed that Diakhaby wanted the match to continue, though did not want to carry on playing himself.

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