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More racism in La Liga: Atletico Madrid fans target Nico Williams

Racism in La Liga continues to be an ongoing problem for Spanish football authorities after a further incident last night in the match between Atletico Madrid and Athletic Bilbao.

Athletic Bilbao's Nicol Williams has claimed that he was targeted by a section of Atletico Madrid fans during the first half of the match when he went to take a corner. The 21-year-old told DAZN during a post-match interview:

“I have gone to take a corner and I have heard monkey sounds. There are stupid people everywhere but nothing happens, we have to keep working. I hope this changes little by little because in the end, we are fighting internally and externally against this.”

The talented winger said that he tried to get the referee to stop the match after he heard the chanting but to no avail. Instead, a couple of Atletico players, most notably Antoine Griezmann and Jose Maria Gimenez, went over to the section of Atletico supporters and pleaded with them stop the vile abuse.
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Nico Williams was the victim of racist abuse on Saturday – Photo by Icon Sport

Williams sends message to racists

On the stroke of half time, Nico Williams got on the scoresheet when he equalised for Athletic Bilbao. To celebrate, he ran across to the section that had been abusing him and tapped his arm in reference to his skin colour. Speaking about his celebration after the match, Williams said:

“It comes with a bit of anger – it is not normal that they still insult you because of your skin tone.”

Williams' brother, Inaki, was also playing in the match and said that ‘the jeers should be directed at the people who said the insults and not at the victim.'

Officials respond to more racism in La Liga

It's been a damning period for La Liga chiefs as racism continues to harm the game in Spain. Real Madrid's Vinicius Jr has been the victim of several attacks from the stands in recent seasons with La Liga reporting that there were ten incidents in total last season alone.

Responding to the latest incident, the league released the following statement:

“There's no place for racist or hateful behaviour in sport. La Liga vehemently condemns any racist acts and will continue working to eradicate this inexcusable behaviour from our sport.”


Andy Delaney

Andy is a freelance sports writer with ten years of experience covering major sporting events across Europe. He has also been a season ticket holder at Old Trafford since 2008 and has visited over 40 football stadiums in the United Kingdom and abroad following the Reds.

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