Inaki Williams: Athletic Bilbao forward says he was racially abused against Espanyol
Athletic Bilbao forward Inaki Williams has stated that he was racially abused during Saturday’s 1-1 draw away to Espanyol.
Williams, 25, who also signed a nine-year deal with Athletic in August 2019, said:”No black player or any player ever wants to hear that.”
In a separate incident on Saturday, there have been violent clashes outside the Mestalla Stadium until the triumph over Barcelona of Valencia.
La Liga president Javier Tebas reported both episodes were also a”step .”
It has been noted that Williams informed Athletic captain Iker Muniain in regards to the misuse, who informed Jose Sanchez Martinez.
“No black player or any player wants to hear this,” Williams told the Athletic Bilbao website after the game.
“It is completely out of sequence, folks need to go to games to appreciate themselves, to support their staff; soccer is a team game and must be played in a friendly atmosphere.
“It’s a sad day due to these events which have no place in football.”
Williams, who was the first black player to score for Athletic in 2015, shot to Twitter after the match to add:”it’s extremely sad that today we continue to experience racism scenes from football.
“We have to finish it among everybody. Thanks for your support.”
The scenes were condemned by valencia out their arena before Saturday’s 2-0 triumph, which saw fans throw seats and flares at each other.
The club said those involved had”nothing to do with the values ??????of the club”.
Tebas afterwards tweeted:”Today we’ve taken a step back in the work which we began decades back. The racist insults towards Inaki Williams and the violence in Barcelona and Valencia do a lot of damage.
“La Liga assumes responsibility and together with nightclubs we will try to discover what’s gone wrong”