Marca’s headline ‘Victory in Cadiz, we all lose’ really stands out after Valencia’s walk-off on Sunday
PETE JENSON: Considering Valencia would have had a 6-0 LOSS if they refused to return after walking away due to alleged racist insult directed against Mouctar Diakhaby, Marca’s headline of ‘winning Cadiz, we all lose’ really stands out from an embarrassing episode
- Mouctar Diakhaby was visibly unhappy after a comment from a Cadiz player
- Diakhaby was devastated by the incident and felt he could not come back into the game
- However, he urged his teammates to continue to avoid the risk of forfeiture
- Valencia released a 10-point statement following the incident on Sunday
- Juan Cala has ‘strongly denied’ allegations that he racially abused Diakhaby
The statue of Mouctar Diakhaby, sitting in the stands as a football match he no longer thought he could take part in anyway, could still mark a turning point in the way racism is faced in football.
But on Monday morning in Spain it was seen more as just another example of how allegations of racist abuse are still not seen as serious enough to bring the sport to a halt.
It has come to an end since February 2006, when Samuel Eto’o was racially abused by spectators during the Barcelona match in Zaragoza. When he wanted to leave the field because of the abuse, he was persuaded by his own teammates to stay on.
Mouctar Diakhaby (second right) is leaving the field after allegedly receiving a racist remark
Valencia defender Diakhaby was unhappy after a comment from a Cadiz player on Sunday
This time, the Valencia players supported Diakhaby and followed him off the field. But Brand columnist Fernando Alvarez wrote on Monday, “Valencia lost a historic opportunity to make itself a symbol of condemning the racism that has tainted the sport for so many years.”
For many, Valencia should have gone beyond running away: they should have stayed off and refused to play the match. This was an opportunity to go beyond the attitude that says, yes, this is serious, but first let’s decide who gets the three points here, and then we can figure it out.
How this plays out from here depends on several things. On Tuesday, Juan Cala, the Cadiz player accused by Diakhaby of calling him ‘Negro de mierda’ (‘F ****** black’), will give a press conference after practice.
His coach Alvaro Cervera spoke after Sunday’s game: ‘Cala says in no time that he has insulted him (Diakhaby). When the players came back (after both teams left) we spoke and I explained that he already had a yellow card and that I feared the worst, but he asked me to leave him alone.
‘Then at recess we spoke again and he insisted that he had not offended anyone, but I saw he was very moved by what was happening, and he had a card so I took it off.
Diakhaby explained his position to the referee before deciding to walk away in the first half
For now there is no audiovisual account of the insult, either Movistar, who broadcast the game live on Sunday afternoon, nor from their requests for Mediapro the producers of football in Spain.
However, the reactions from Diakhaby and the players around him are there to be played and replayed during Monday’s usual round of weekend highlights. The most notable is by Gabriel Paulista. As the Valencia defender calms Diakhaby, he turns to the camera on the field and shouts, ‘These things need to be watched! (‘Negro de mierda’ no, eh! ‘)
Article 142 of the Spanish Federation’s Disciplinary Code states that Valencia would have lost the match 6-0 had they not reunited to play it to the end. That was made clear to them when they were not on the field.
They got together again with Diakhaby who told his teammates to finish the match, but he couldn’t go any further.
The game was interrupted after 30 minutes when the Valencia players walked off the field
This was an opportunity to mark a ‘before and after’ moment in the sport, he continued Brand columnist Alvarez. The message would have been loud and clear: the fight against racism is more important than three points, we don’t care if it puts us in a relegation battle.
“Cadiz wins, we all lose,” was the headline in the Marca match report of the LaLiga clash
As it was, Valencia went back onto the field with Diakhaby watching from the stands and that was the picture Brand used on the front page on Monday morning.
Brand Going along with that picture and not leading a preview of Liverpool vs Real Madrid or Atletico Madrid’s defeat against Sevilla is another sign of change.
These incidents are no longer relegated to one-paragraph stories. ‘Cadiz wins, we all lose’ was the headline on the match report of the match that ended 2-1 against Cadiz.
After the match, referee David Medie Jimenez’s report mentioned Diakhaby who accused Cala of calling him ‘negro de mierda’ but added that the racist insult was ‘not perceived by anyone on the referee team’.
Ahead of the Cala press conference on Tuesday, La Liga released a statement: ‘We take any allegation of racism seriously and will work with the clubs and referees to do whatever it takes to uphold the values of equality and respect that prevail in our Spanish. protect professional football. contest.’
Valencia’s 10-point statement ‘No to racism’
1. Mouctar Diakhaby became the latest victim of racism in football today.
2. After receiving a racial insult – which was in no way acceptable – he was yellow carded for his protests.
3. We are proud of the support Diakhaby received from his teammates and of the decision to leave the field together.
4. We trust that the matter will be investigated.
5. We are disappointed that no official decision has been made.
6. The club does not ask the players to return to the field. The referee informed the players of the consequences of not returning to the field of play. The players, forced to play under threat of a penalty kick after the racist insults and the yellow card for Diakhaby, decide to return to the field.
7. Diakhaby requested that his teammates return to the field to continue the game. They respected his wish.
8. Today’s events should never be repeated on a football field.
9. Valencia CF strongly opposes racism in all forms and supports Diakhaby. Today is a sad day for our sport.
10. Today was not a defeat in a game. It was a loss of respect, a loss of the spirit of football and sports.