The Prosecutor’s Office of Hate Crimes of Barcelona has sued against two fans of the RCD Espanyol for the racist insults to the Athletic Club forward Iñaki Williams during the match that both teams played at the RCDE Stadium on January 25.
The complaint, consulted by Europa Press, explains that the player, upon being substituted from the playing field, “received from a sector of the stands shouts of contempt towards his person with the undoubted intention of humiliating him and him.jeopardizing their dignity for racist reasons. “
The coordinator of Crimes of Hate 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 Williams’ change: “Onomatopoeia that imitates the sound emitted by monkeys and that, as is public and notorious, has been uttered on various occasions by groups of fans from different countries to undermine the dignity of black soccer players“.
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 reports of the Mossos d’Esquadra based on these investigations they 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 accepted 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 the form of injury to the dignity of people for discrimination due to their nation or national origin, and asks the Court of Instruction 2 of Cornellà de Llobregat (Barcelona), competent for where the stadium is and which has already admitted the complaint, to open proceedings on the matter.
This is the first complaint that the Barcelona Hate Crimes service has filed for racist insults in the stands of a soccer field against a player.