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Cadiz defender Juan Cala denies racially abusing Diakhaby: Microphones and players around us

Cadiz defender Juan Cala denies racially accusing Valencia stopper Mouctar Diakhaby on Sunday.

Valencia's players left the field after Diakhaby accused Cala of making the insult before returning and ultimately losing to Cadiz.

Today, Cala broke his silence taking questions from the media: "Unfortunately I am forced to appear at a press conference. It all starts with a corner in favour of Valencia where the player Diakhaby falls on top of me, I get an elbow, I claim a foul and he tells me to get up. That stays there. Then comes the goal, the card and the unfortunate play in which a foul in favour and I have another exchange with the player, I receive a blow and claim another free-kick.

"I say to the player 'leave me alone' and we disagree. And the player accuses me of calling him 's**** n****r.

"He flies into a rage when he receives the yellow one and then we live the scene on the grass. From then on, I am left with a face of astonishment and embarrassment with what is happening. Then everything else happened that you have already seen.

"I've never said b**** s***. I haven't said that and that's pretty clear. Everything he says is false. If there is a player from Cádiz who said that I was going to go and apologise, I will quit football. This is a media lynching.

"We have been playing without an audience for this damn pandemic for a year. There are microphones. He allegedly receives the insult and there are eight players around. Nobody finds out, nobody says they have heard. Grant me the benefit of the doubt, at least.

"I have been in four different leagues, I have lived with Chinese, English, Africans. I have been with youths, with Kanoute for a week of humanitarian aid… I am in a state of shock."

Cala also said: "Those who run this country should reflect on the presumption of innocence. Without evidence they begin to accuse. They should look a little and take into consideration at least the facts, the evidence, the versions ... This lynching that I have suffered publicly is not logical."

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