The racist insults to Iñaki Williams could be sanctioned for the first time, after the Barcelona’s Hate Crimes Prosecutor’s Office has sued two Espanyol fans for said racist insults given to the Athletic striker, during the match that both teams played at the RCDE Stadium on January 25 of this year.
The complaint, consulted by Europa Press, explains that the player, upon being substituted from the field of play, «received from a sector of the stands cries of contempt towards his person with the undoubted intention of humiliating him and injuring his dignity for racist reasons.
The coordinator of Hate Crimes and Discrimination of the Barcelona Prosecutor’s Office, Miguel Ángel Aguilar, details in the letter that several fans They yelled ‘uh, uh, uh, uh’ during the Williams change: «Onomatopoeia that imitates the sound emitted by monkeys and that, as is public and notorious, it has been uttered on various occasions by groups of fans from different countries to undermine the dignity of black footballers.
In order to identify the fans who allegedly launched the racist insults, the host club of the match was required to collect the security images of the day and relate the locations from which the shouts came with the holders of the corresponding season tickets or tickets. The defendants respond to the acronyms JCMA and KBG
The reports of the Mossos d’Esquadra based on these investigations identified three people: a minor and two other adult fans Against whom the Prosecutor’s Office is complaining, who were summoned to testify at the police station, before which one availed himself of his right not to answer, and the other did not appear.
Discrimination by origin
The prosecutor considers that These events constitute an alleged crime against the exercise of fundamental rights and public freedoms in its modality of injury to the dignity of the person due to discrimination by their nation or national origin, and asks the Court of Instruction 2 of Cornellà de Llobregat (Barcelona), competent for where the stadium is and that has already admitted the complaint, that open proceedings on the matter.
It’s about the first complaint filed by the Barcelona Hate Crimes service for racist insults in the stands of a soccer field against a player.