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Juan Cala Will Not Be Charged Following Alleged Racist Abuse

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Juan Cala Will Not Be Charged Following Alleged Racist Abuse

La Liga won't be charging Cadiz player Juan Cala, after Valencia player Mouctar Diakhaby accused his opposite number of racist abuse during their match last weekend.

Diakhaby and his Valencia teammates left the field in protest during the match on Sunday, following the alleged abuse that saw the French defender getting booking for his reaction.

Javi Gracia's side eventually returned to the pitch, although Diakhaby didn't. Cala continued, before being subbed off, and later denied any racism.

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No La Liga have confirmed they will not be pressing charges. "La Liga have communicated to the clubs involved and the relevant authorities the result of investigations to resolve what happened between the players of Cadiz CF and Valencia CF during last weekend's game," the league said in a statement.

"After an analysis of all the elements, it was concluded that in none of the available media was found any proof that the player Juan Torres Ruiz (Juan Cala) insulted Mouctar Diakhaby using the alleged terms.

"All available audiovisual and digital files were analysed, including the images broadcast and spread on different social networks. To be able to complete the case, a specialised company was contracted to do lip-reading analysis of the conversations and study the behaviour of the players Juan Torres Ruiz and Mouctar Diakhaby.

"La Liga has shared these reports with the clubs involved and the relevant authorities, so they can be used during the other investigations which are still ongoing at this moment.

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"La Liga reiterates its condemnation of racism in all its forms and maintains its commitment to a permanent fight against any manifestation in this sense, which has been shown in the many cases taken for hate crimes, including similar cases to this previously.

"From La Liga and all clubs will continue working at all levels in every area of our sport with the goal of doing everything necessary to protect the values of equality and respect which prevail in our competition within Spanish professional football."

The Spanish football federation and Cadiz are both taking out their own investigations into the incident, with La Liga co-operating with both.

Sources for Spain's top tier did tell the Athletic that they couldn't say for sure Cala didn't use the language alleged by his opponent but just that no evidence had been found to say he did.

Featured Image Credit: Cadiz/Premier Sports

Topics: valencia, Racism, Football, La Liga

Ryan Sidle
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