The footballer of Athletic club Iñaki Williams has affirmed this Wednesday before the judge that he felt “humiliated” by the racist insults directed at him two RCD Espanyol fans last season and that he is outraged that events of this nature continue to occur in the 21st century.
As reported by judicial sources, Williams has appeared this Wednesday as a witness by videoconference before the head of the investigating court number 2 of Cornellà de Llobregat (Barcelona), which following a complaint from the Prosecutor’s Office investigates two fans of the Blue and White club for racist insults to the Athletic Club player in a match played in January 2020 at the Spanish stadium.
The forward of the Basque team has denounced before the judge that he felt “humiliated” by the racist shouts that, according to has related, he heard from a part of the stands when he was leaving the field, once he had been substituted in the match played at the Cornellà-El Prat stadium last season, before Espanyol dropped to the second division.
The judge had also summoned the two investigated in the case, although one of them has availed himself of his right not to testify and the other has not appeared in court, according to sources.
The case was opened as a result of a pioneering complaint by the Barcelona Hate Crimes Prosecutor’s Office for racist insults in the stands of a football match, in which it accused two Espanyol supporters of crimes against fundamental rights and public liberties.
The investigation began as a result of the complaint filed with the Prosecutor’s Office by the National Football League, which is personed as an accusation in the case, in which he recounted the racist insults uttered when Willians was substituted from the pitch and received from a sector of the Espanyol stands.
According to the Prosecutor’s Office, it was “shouts of contempt towards his person, with the undoubted intention of humiliating him and damaging his dignity for racist reasons”.
Specifically, according to the complaint, the Espanyol stands fired the player yelling at him “uh, uh, uh, uh”, an onomatopoeia that reproduces the sounds emitted by monkeys and that, according to the Prosecutor’s Office, “has been uttered on various occasions by groups of fans from different countries to undermine the dignity of black footballers.”
The Prosecutor’s Office commissioned an investigation to the Mossos d’Esquadra, which were able to identify the perpetrators of the insults after examining the images from the security cameras and thanks to the information provided by RCD Espanyol on the headlines of the towns where the shouts came from.
Police investigations made it possible to identify three followers allegedly related to the racist insults, one of them is a minor.