Valencia players walked off the pitch during their game with Cadiz after an alleged racist remark was aimed at defender Mouctar Diakhaby.
The incident happened 30 minutes into the game as Diakhaby had a clash with Cadiz defender Juan Cala which saw him receive a yellow card.
Diakhaby was visibly angry at something that was was then said as Cadiz defender Fali and one of his own teammates then held him back.
Valencia defender Mouctar Diakhaby was unhappy following a comment by a Cadiz player
Diakhaby explained his position to the referee before deciding to walk off the pitch
The match was suspended after 30 minutes when the Valencia players walked off the pitch
The referee then asked for an explanation from Diakhaby before the defender then walked off the pitch just moments later, followed by the rest of his teammates.
Sportsmail understands that Diakhaby was left devastated following the incident but Valencia have said that he asked his teammates to return to the field to complete the match.
It’s believed the team would have had to forfeit the game 3-0 if they decided to not complete the match.
The rest of the Valencia players believe Diakhaby and showed this by walking off the pitch together.
Valencia players would return to the pitch on the backing of Diakhaby who did not continue
Valencia players did return onto the pitch without Diakhaby, as the club gave a statement on their official Twitter account denouncing any kind of racism.
They said: ‘The team have held a meeting and decided to continue the game, in order to fight for the honour of the club, but denounce racism of any kind.
‘We offer our complete backing to @Diakhaby_5.
‘The player, who had received a racial insult, requested that his teammates return to the pitch. WE SUPPORT YOU MOUCTAR.’
Both sets of players were given five minutes to warm up before resuming the game, while Diakhaby opted to watch on from the stands.
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A must-win battle for both sides is set to unfold on the south coast this afternoon, as Southampton and Burnley each look to kick-start a period of form following the international break.
Each locked on 33 points after 29 matches played so far this season, not even goal difference separates the two sides heading into today’s showdown at St Mary’s.
Sean Dyche‘s men arrive having won their last fixture prior to the international break, while Southampton have just one victory in their last six league matches.
Mikel Arteta confirms Arsenal dealt double injury blow with Kieran Tierney and David Luiz sidelined
After watching his team’s season take another lurch for the worse, the under-fire Arteta was forced to concede that the severity of both issues is unknown.
Tierney picked up a knee injury during the clash at the Emirates, while Luiz, who sat out of the fixture entirely, may even miss a month.
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With the scores locked level heading into the half-time break, Tierney was taken off after clearly taking a blow in a challenge with James Milner.
The flying Scotland international, in a more positive indication for Arsenal, was able to walk down the tunnel on his own, however.
‘He felt something in his knee and he was in pain,’ Arteta admitted in his post-match press conference. ‘He will be injured but we don’t know for how long.’
Kieran Tierney limped off with a knee problem and it is currently unclear how long he will miss
Luiz, meanwhile, suffered his own knee issue during the international break – and Arteta has insisted the club will not rule out any potential treatment options.
‘There are a few possibilities,’ Arteta added. ‘We are talking with the docs to make the right decision. It looks like he could be out for a few weeks.
‘It will depend on the decision that we will take.’
It is unclear whether Tierney will be able to feature in Arsenal’s crunch Europa League quarter-final fixture against Slavia Prague on Thursday.
Scotland international Tierney was able to make his own way off the pitch just before half-time
David Luiz also sustained a knee issue and Arteta said the centre back may be out for a month
Luiz is certain to be missing, though, and may even see his campaign brought to an early end depending on his recovery.
Arsenal may slip further back into mid-table obscurity this weekend with Aston Villa able to leapfrog them into ninth spot.
Their quest for European football was dealt a knockback by the champions – who cruised home after Diogo Jota’s brace and a further effort from Mohamed Salah.
Jack Grealish being lined up for key role in Gareth Southgate’s England squad
Last November’s internationals are believed to have been Grealish’s key audition, when he started and thrived in all three games against the Republic of Ireland, Belgium and Iceland.
The fact that he started against Belgium away from home, the most difficult test England have had this season, is seen as significant in that it demonstrates Southgate will trust him to start games against top opposition.
Jack Grealish is set for a key role in Southgate’s England squad for the Euros this summer
There had been concerns that the Aston Villa star would be left out of the 23-man squad
He has since gone on to even better form at Villa and, though he missed this squad because of a shin injury, there is no danger that Grealish would miss out on the final 23 for the Euros, assuming he is fit. Grealish is expected to start today against Fulham.
It is understood that most of Southgate’s conversations with players last week have been more about managing expectations and telling them what would have to happen for them to make the squad. That is partly because Grealish is down for the final squad once fit and so some picked for last week’s games will miss out.
Grealish has become a cause celebre among supporters, with fears that he may become another Matt Le Tissier figure, a superbly talented player but one who was deemed not to fit England’s system and who only won eight caps.
But that seems unlikely under Southgate. Playing at the Euros will be a vindication for the Aston Villa captain, 25, who was a teenage prodigy for the Republic of Ireland Under 21s but who turned down a senior call up from them in 2015 in order to be available for England.
However, the England boss was left impressed by Grealish’s Three Lions audition in November
That looked to have been a misjudgment as he initially failed to live up to early expectations but he was finally rewarded with an England debut five years later and now looks to be a key part of Southgate’s squad.
Whether he will be part of the starting XI is yet to be determined. Southgate looks to want to play him in the attacking left-sided role he plays for his club, rather than as a midfielder. As such he would be in competition with Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford to start for England.
UEFA’s preparations for Euro 2020, meanwhile, are likely to be delayed again this week when venues are required to confirm if they can host matches with crowds.
Increasing positive tests in Europe — Italy has gone into a three-day Easter lockdown — means UEFA will be sweating on venues which may be unable to give guarantees.
But UEFA’s medical advisor is confident that the tournament will have fans across the continent this summer, with the British Government hoping that Wembley could be close to a full house for the semi-finals and final, with almost all restrictions due to be lifted in England from June 21.
Southgate is likely to want to play Grealish on the left, and it is not known whether he will start
The 12 venues have until Wednesday to confirm if they will still be part of the tournament and that they can guarantee 25 per cent capacity for games. Amsterdam, Baku, Bilbao, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dublin, Glasgow, London, Munich, Rome and St Petersburg are all hosts.
With positive tests increasing significantly in Germany, Holland, Hungary and Romania, it is difficult to see how venues in those countries can commit now to staging games with fans in June. Yet Hungary are planning to open up their country and Holland played their World Cup qualifier against Latvia in front of 5,000 fans as a Covid test event.
Munich looks to be most vulnerable given the cautious approach of health officials.
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