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Sports News of Monday, 27 January 2020


Inaki Williams sad after suffering alleged racist abuse in Spain

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Spanish-born Ghanaian forward Inaki Williams has been left sad following alleged racist abused during a La Liga between his team Athletic Bilbao and Espanyol on Saturday.

Williams, who has Ghanaian parents but was born in Spain, alleges the abuse came from the ultras set -- a hardcore section of fans -- of Espanyol supporters during the two sides' 1-1 La Liga draw in at the RCDE Stadium.

Williams reported the abuse to his captain Iker Muniain who then informed the referee Jose Sanchez Martinez. The official, however, made no reference to the incident in his post-match report.

"I'm leaving a bit sad because of the draw, but above all else, because I suffered racist insults," Williams told Athletic's media team after the match. "It's something that no black player or whatever race wants to hear.

"It's something that's totally out of order. People have to come to the stadium to have fun, to support their team, to enjoy football.

"It's a sport of friendship, of being a team. Honestly, it was a bit of a sad day because of what I said. These things shouldn't happen. They're totally out of order."

Williams is one of Athletic's best players and in August 2019, the 25-year-old was rewarded with a nine-year contract at the Basque club.