By Isha Sesay •
Published: 25 Jan 2020 • 20:48
IÑAKI WILLIAMS, a talented footballer, was the victim of racism at the RCDE Stadium in Spain as his team Atletico Bilbao played against RCD Espanyol.
The player showed maturity and courage as he was subject to insults and voices that mimicked a monkey as he played on the field. Reflecting on the abuse that he endured after the match, Williams expressed his anguish and said:
“I’m a little sad for the draw and especially because I have suffered racist insults. It is something that no black player wants to hear. It is totally out of place. We are all people, regardless of nationality or skin colour.”
A show of support for the player was voiced on social media and even garnered the attention of Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez who urged for education and respect. Speaking to the press today he said: “We cannot continue to tolerate this type of racist behaviour. In football or in any type of sport.”
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