La Liga president Javier Tebas has claimed that it is “clear” that “something happened” during an incident of alleged racial abuse during a league encounter on Sunday.
Valencia defender Mouctar Diakhaby alleges that he was racially abused by Cadiz player Juan Cala during the 29th minute of Sunday’s clash.
Diakhaby walked off his pitch, with all of his teammates following him in an act of solidarity.
However, the game was soon after restarted without Diakhaby – who was substituted off.
On Monday, Valencia president Anil Murthy held a phone call with Tebas in which he urged him to investigate the incident and clarify precisely what happened both on the pitch and why the game resumed.
Anil Murthy ha hablado esta mañana con Javier Tebas, para instarle a que investigue hasta el final los presuntos insultos racistas que recibió Diakhaby por parte de Juan Cala. Además le ha trasladado su preocupación por el estado anímico de Diakhaby. @RadioMARCA
— Radio Marca Valencia (@RMValencia) April 5, 2021
Now Tebas has given an interview in which he has claimed that the league has already had an internal investigation of the incident and believes that it is clear that something wrong was said, whilst pledging to continuing to fight against racism.
.@Tebasjavier, presidente de @LaLiga: ”Hemos hecho un procedimiento interno de investigación”.
”La Liga no permite nada de racismo en nuestro fútbol”. #NoticiasVamos pic.twitter.com/fC0HSxSa34
— Fútbol en Movistar+ (@MovistarFutbol) April 5, 2021
Tebas said: “We have carried out an internal investigation procedure. It is clear that something happened, that you can see from the reaction of the Valencia player (Mouctar Diakhaby). From La Liga we condemn any act of racism and we will act against it.”