The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) denied the version of Valencia on referee David Medié Jiménez’s conversation with his players and the consequences of not returning to the pitch to resume the match against Cádiz, after the incident between Juan Cala and Mouctar Diakhaby.
“At no time has the referee of the match, Mr. David Medié Jiménez, had any conversation in this regard, with the delegates of both clubs, Mr. David Rangel (Valencia CF) and Mr. Salvador Chirino (Cádiz CF, witnessing all the conversations. ), as well as the Party Delegate Mr. Fidel Valle Gil, “said the RFEF.
The organism thus responded to Valencia’s statement ‘No to racism’, specifically to point number 6 in which the club affirms that “the referee transfers to the players the potential consequences of not returning to the field of play“and adds that these” forced to play under threat of penalty after the racist insults and the yellow card to Diakhaby, decide to return to the field of play. ”
The incident that caused the interruption of the match, after the Valencian player Diakhaby denounced having been subjected to racist insults by the Cádiz player Juan Cala, will be analyzed this Monday by the RFEF Integrity Department, which predictably will refer you to the Competition Committee to open an investigation, as reported by the agency.
Last night Valencia requested that the defense’s complaint be investigated and clarified that he did not urge his players to return to the field of play after having withdrawn in solidarity with his teammate after half an hour of play and then return to the field without the French player in his alignment. Cádiz confirmed this Monday that Juan Cala will appear this Tuesday to explain his version of the incident, in which he had an exchange of words with Diakhaby and later a tangana took place.
The Catalan referee David Medié Jiménez admonished the Valencia central defender and also warned the Sevillian defender of Cádiz, after which Diakhaby continued giving explanations to the referee about what happened, until all the Valencia players decided to go to the changing rooms, although they returned 24 minutes later. At the end of the game, in which Cádiz won 2-1, the Andalusian club was against any act of racism or xenophobia in a statement, in which it assured that it does not doubt the honesty of the members of the squad .
The referee report shows that in the 29th minute the match was interrupted “due to a confrontation between players from both teams.” “Valencia CF player No. 12 Mouctar Diakhaby, once reprimanded for arguing with an opponent, tells me verbatim:” He called me a shitty black man “in reference to Cádiz CF player No. 16 Juan Torres Ruiz”, he says. Medié Jiménez assures in the document that “this fact it was not perceived by any member of the refereeing team“and that” after a few moments, Valencia CF decides to leave the pitch. For this reason the match is temporarily suspended. Both teams go into their respective changing rooms. ”
“After a few minutes of suspension, the Valencia CF delegate David Rangel Pastor, in the presence of the Cádiz CF delegate Antonio Navarrete Reyes, informed us that they decided to substitute player No. 12 Mouctar Diakhaby and continue with the game. Furthermore, it was agreed give five minutes of warm-up for both teams in order to avoid injuries. The game resumed 24 minutes after stopping it, developing normally from that moment, “he adds.
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