Football: Valencia president wants alleged racial abuse incident to be 'catalyst' for change

Valencia players leave the pitch during their Spanish La Liga soccer match against Cadiz at Ramon de Carranza stadium in Andalusia, Spain, on April 4, 2021.
Valencia players leave the pitch during their Spanish La Liga soccer match against Cadiz at Ramon de Carranza stadium in Andalusia, Spain, on April 4, 2021.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

SINGAPORE - Valencia president Anil Murthy has called on La Liga to review its protocols after an alleged racist abuse incident involving Valencia's Mouctar Diakhaby in a match against Cadiz on Monday (April 5). In an exclusive interview with The Straits Times, he also described the incident as one that is "sad for football".

Valencia are the first top-flight team in Spain to walk off the pitch during a league match in protest, after their French defender Diakhaby claimed he was racially abused by Cadiz's Juan Cala.

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