Anil Murthy: "The guilty face was seen on television"

The president of Valencia charges against the Cádiz player and assures that "we will go to the end in support of Diakhaby and against racism."


Valencia has published an official video in which the president, Anil Murthy, appears together with the alleged victim of the racist insult, Mouctar Diakhaby, although the player does not make any statement and only limits himself to saying the words together with the president: "¡¡ No to racism! ".

Murthy commented on the following points of what happened:

Narration of the events and support for Diakhaby: "Yesterday we witnessed a flagrant act of racism in the match against Cádiz. We cannot call it otherwise. Our player, Mouctar Diakhaby, was the victim of a very serious racist insult from the player Juan Cala. Although he denies it, we all know how to recognize a guilty face and we totally believe Mouctar. This type of behavior is intolerable in football and in society and from Valencia we condemn any type of racism and we fully support our player. Yes the example we give is that when there are no cameras anything goes, it is not the message we have to give. Football should be an example for society. I believe in my player and everyone who watched the game on television could see that something serious happened so that our players left the grass. The guilty face was very evident on television as well. "

Valencia will go all the way: "Let no one have the slightest doubt that Valencia will go all the way to defend Diakhaby and fight so that these unfortunate events are never repeated. This morning we spoke with LaLiga to urge them to also go to the end in the investigation into what happened. This cannot stop there and it cannot happen again with any player from any team ".

Team reaction: "We regret that after the incident there was no reaction to stop the game and that it was our players who stood up to leave the field en bloc. Faced with this type of situation there can be no inaction. Now we want to see a reaction to change these protocols, to protect the vulnerable. Because if we don't change this, we are going to set a bad example for everyone. We are proud of the team's reaction and we still don't understand why, after suffering this racist insult and seeing how the referee showed Diakhaby a yellow card, we had to go out to play because the regulations do not protect the victim and the team in this type of case. "

Regulation: "This has to change. It has already changed in other leagues and now it must also do so in the Spanish competition. We cannot put ourselves in profile with something as serious as racism. It is time to change and Valencia CF is going to the end in support of its player and against racism. Yesterday we took a step back in the fight against racism. Football has to be an example for society. No to racism! ".

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