Valencia walked off the pitch on Sunday during their Liga clash with Cadiz after defender Mouctar Diakhaby claimed he was racially abused by an opponent, Juan Cala.
Diakhaby was visibly upset after an altercation with Cala, with the game halting in the 30th minute as the two argued on the field.
Valencia proceeded to walk off the pitch in the wake of the incident, with Diakhaby then reportedly urging his team-mates to return to the pitch.
The incident began with the score at 1-1 in the 29th minute, with centre-back Diakhaby moving into the midfield to confront Cala.
As play continued around them, the two were seen in a heated exchange before the referee moved to break up the pair.
Diakhaby was seen to be visibly upset as team-mates looked to break up the altercation before several moved to confront Cala themselves.
Valencia then opted to walk off the pitch in support of Diakhaby.
After about 15 minutes, Valencia returned to the field, with the club saying they did so due to Diakhaby’s insistence that the game should continue.
“Diakhaby has told us to come back to the field and that is why we went out. He wanted us to go out. Without his permission, we would not have done it. ”
Diakhaby, though, did not return and was replaced by Hugo Guillamon while Cala stayed on the field for Cadiz.
Cadiz went on to win the game 2-1 with Marcos Mauro scoring the game-winner in the 88th minute.