En minute 29 of Cdiz-Valencia, Diakhaby is going for Cala, the referee for the game, the central Valencia tells the referee that the soccer player from Cdiz has insulted him by saying “shit black” and the players of the visiting team, before the complaint of their partner, leave the field. The match is temporarily suspended. This is what we know has happened from the incident because it can be seen in the images and because it appears in the minutes of the meeting.
Valencia leaves the field and returns minutes later
We have evidence of what happens afterwards because Valencia reports it: pressure to play, threat of sanction, the change of Diakhaby and a sorry image, that of a footballer who claims to have received a racist insult sitting, alone, in the stands, while football continues. The match ends 2-1, but it remains unclear what has happened before.
In a fairly comprehensive thread posted on his Twitter account, Irene Aguiar, legal advisor, specialized in sports law, gives several points to try to clear doubts. The first, from which he bases his argument, is Cala’s presumption of innocence, because “it is possible that he said it, or that he did not. But in between there is also the possibility that he said something, but not that, and that he heard him wrong.“. For this reason, he considers that” it is appropriate to investigate with the available evidence (recordings, testimonies), and to be punished accordingly through a disciplinary procedure. “
Second point to deal with. Why are Valencia returning to the field? According to the team, for two reasons that it explains in points 6 and 7 of its official statement: “The Club at no time urges its players to return to the grass. The referee conveys to the players the potential consequences of not returning to the field of play. Players, forced to play under threat of penalty after the racist insults and the yellow card to Diakhaby, they decide to return to the field of play. Diakhaby has asked his teammates to go back out onto the pitch and fight. His companions have respected his will“.
Irene Aguiar refers at this point to article 77 of the Disciplinary Code in which she reads: “In the case of a points competition, the match will be counted as lost to the offender, deducting, in addition, three points in his classification“And he specifies:” I fully understand that Valencia returned to the field of play. “
In his last point he talks about the possible sanctions for Juan Cala, in the event that an image shows that he uttered a racist insult to Diakhaby. In this case, it refers to “article 72 of the RFEF Disciplinary Code, which classifies as very serious infringement “insults that imply humiliation to a person on the basis of their racial or ethnic origin”.
This infraction has a typified punishment: “Suspension of temporary federal license for a period of two to five years“, in addition to a fine”from 18,001 to 90,000 euros“.
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Unknowns and doubts in the Diakhaby case
Until a camera or microphone sheds light on what happened, what we have are the statements of the two involved. Cala talk this Tuesday after training, although at the entrance to the Cdiz facilities he has already made it clear where his appearance will go: “I am very calm, I am not going to hide. It seems that in this country there is no presumption of innocence.”
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For its part, Valencia has supported Diakhaby and has sent a statement from the player with Anil Murthy: “I believe in my player and everyone who watches the game on television could see that something serious happened so that our players left the grass. The guilty face was very evident on television as well.”
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