La Liga: ‘No proof’ Cala used racist language towards Diakhaby

There is no evidence to prove Cadiz’s Juan Cala used racist language towards Valencia’s Mouctar Diakhaby, a La Liga investigation has concluded.

The alleged incident occurred just before the half-hour mark of last Sunday’s game after Diakhaby collided with Cala as Cadiz launched a free-kick into the Valencia box.

The French defender was visibly angry and after a verbal exchange in which he had to be held back by team-mate Kevin Gameiro and Cadiz’s Fali. He was shown a yellow card for unsportsmanlike conduct.

After speaking to the referee further to explain the reason for his outburst, Diakhaby walked off the pitch and down the tunnel alongside his team-mates with the game poised at 1-1.

Following the game, a Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) investigation was opened to examine the evidence, with La Liga using audio-visual archives, audios from the game, broadcast pictures and images circulating on social media to assist the inquiry.

The league also contracted a company specialising in lip reading which studied the behaviour and exchange between Cala and Diakhaby.

La Liga says it has informed both clubs of these facts to assist in the file which has been opened by the Spanish FA over the incident.

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