Valencia have released a statement in relation to a statement made by Cádiz defender Juan Cala on Tuesday, after the alleged racial incident with Valencia defender Mouctar Diakhaby on Sunday.

Diakhaby was left visibly devastated by a comment made by Cala during the game between the two sides on Sunday, in which the player says that he was insulted and called a ‘negro de mierda’ (black shit).

Cala has since denied the accusations and Valencia have issued a strong response, dismissing Cala’s comments and defending their player.

The official statement from Valencia entitled “Juan Cala, we don’t believe you” read:

Valencia CF are deeply saddened by statements made by Cádiz CF player Juan Cala this Tuesday, in which 48 hours later, he denied racially insulting Mouctar Diakhaby during the LaLiga match played last Sunday at the Ramón de Carranza.

Cala has missed a great opportunity to accept his mistake and apologise to the player affected. Instead of doing this, he attacked both Diakhaby and other members of Valencia CF.

Valencia CF wish to reiterate that we believe our player and back him completely. After the threats made by Cala in his press conference this Tuesday, April 6th, the Club, president Anil Murthy and Mouctar Diakhaby himself remain firm in the conviction to fight to the end, wherever necessary, on the matter for the good of football and society. Valencia CF will not stop fighting for an improvement in protocol and in the battle against racism in football.