Valencia was told by organisers to resume playing Sunday’s La Liga match at Cadiz or it would have to forfeit the points after it had left the pitch when Mouctar Diakhaby complained he had been racially abused, fellow defender Jose Gaya said.

Valencia’s players walked off the field in the 29th minute after Frenchman Diakhaby reacted furiously following an altercation with Cadiz’s Spanish centre back Juan Cala.

It was the first time a La Liga match had been halted following an accusation of racism.

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The players eventually returned to the pitch but did so without Diakhaby, who said he was not in the right state of mind to continue playing and was substituted. He was also shown a yellow card before the Valencia players left the pitch.

The score was 1-1 when the visitor walked off and Cadiz went on to win the game 2-1 after an…

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