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Mestalla explodes against Peter Lim


Thousands of Valencia fans protest against the president before the defeat against Athletic, which leaves the team in relegation places


Athletic again.

The eleven of the lion that opened the great socio-sporting crisis of this course in Mestalla eliminating those of the bat in the Copa del Rey, accentuated the crack of Valencia endorsing him a new defeat in Mestalla, the fifth in eleven games at home.

Valencia is the only team that has not won after the World Cup break.

He has six defeats and a draw since the return of the competition, relegation numbers, the area in which he is stuck due to incompetence.



Mamardashvili, Foulquier, Gayá, Mouctar Diakhaby, Eray Cömert, Yunus Musah (Lato, min. 69), Andre Almeida, Moriba Kourouma, Samu Castillejo (Justin Kluivert, min. 69), Samuel Lino (Francisco Martinez, min. 86) and Cavani (Hugo Hard, min. 15)

ATH Athletic


Unai Simón, Lekue, Yeray, Daniel Vivian, De Marcos (Aitor Paredes, min. 89), Muniain (Guruzeta, min. 79), Nico Williams, Berenguer (Oier Zarraga, min. 45), Vesga, O. Sancet and Raúl Garcia (Williams, min. 60)


1-0 min.

16: Samu Castillejo.

1-1 min.

30: Nico Williams.

1-2 min.

72: O. Sancet.


César Soto Grado

Yellow cards Hugo Duro (min. 21), Nico Williams (min. 41), De Marcos (min. 57) and Samu Castillejo (min. 60)

🗣 The protest gathers at the gates of the Mestalla stadium with whistles and high signs of "Lim Go Home"

– Plaza Deportiva (@plazadeportiva_) February 11, 2023

The day, crowned with a defeat, was long in Mestalla.

A trail of fans, as long and thunderous as a string of firecrackers, filled Suecia Avenue in a liberating movement to point out Peter Lim again before international public opinion as the manager leading Valencia CF towards its disappearance, after subtracting reputation and make it small in LaLiga and in Europe.

Libertad VCF, the opposition platform to the Singaporean businessman who owns the majority of the club's shares, organized a protest around the symbology of the 19th minute, at which time the entire crowd has been vociferating against Lim since last season in each and every one of the matches in which the black and white team acts as local.

The reason for choosing that number is because it corresponds to the year the club was founded, 1919.

The call was a resounding success.

The action, the fourth call organized by the platform in recent years since the first in 2021, this time consisted of leaving the Mestalla stands empty until the emblematic 19 minute mark. Approximately 25,000 fans supported the protest, while around 10,000 They followed the game from the first minute in the bowl of the stadium.

Another group of fans decided to enter, but stayed on the three balconies of the venue without occupying their seat.

The haunted image of a deserted Mestalla with the team playing against Athletic Club with hardly any people, while his fans were in the street shouting furiously against Lim, was as powerful as the organizers expected.

The international repercussion was immediate and the scene went viral.

What effect it will have on Singapore is unknown.

With most of the fans crowded in front of the main gate of the stadium, Samu Castillejo opened the scoring after an assist from the indolent Ilaix Moriba in a semi-deserted Mestalla.

Instead of singing a goal, the stands raised the decibels of "Peter go now".

Three giant canvases led the protest.

One with the slogan #LimGoHome displayed in the stadium, another with a picture of President Layhoon Chan and the word liar next to it, and a third with the logos of all the political parties in the city and the phrase: Politicians, without solutions there are no votes, where all members of the Consell are challenged to take action against Peter Lim.

Once the 19th minute had passed, the demonstration dissolved without incident and the supporters entered the field.

They arrived in time to see Nico Williams's equalizer in a personal action that made the home defense blush.

Then, Unai Simón stopped a shot from Samu Lino and later another from Samu Castillejo.

Valencia was more threatening in attack, but just as soft in defense and in midfield, where the little Williams always hurt space.

Above all, after Valverde adjusted his team after the break to control the game and surprised Voro.

With the game in their hands, the lions bit the soft black and white defense and Sancet added the visitor's winning goal.

Unai Simón's reflexes prevented Diakhaby from scoring close to 90 in a shot with his heel when Valencia was only heart.

The game splashes Voro, who could be relieved of his coaching position in the next few hours, if Singapore authorizes a new change in the bench.

The rejection of the technician from l'Alcúdia, employed by the club as Team Manager, to this new responsibility, and the lack of reaction from the team, have prompted the club to look for spare parts this week after realizing that Voro, an emergency solution for compromised moments, this time is not the ideal one.

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Source: elparis

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