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Oral trial begins against defendant accused of racially abusing Inaki Williams at Estadio Espanyol in 2020

The case of racist abuse received by soccer player Inaki Williams will be brought to court. The 2nd Court of First Instance of Cornella de Llobregat has announced the opening of an oral trial against a fan accused of chanting racist chants against an Athletic Bilbao forward during a match against Espanyol at the RCDE Stadium on January 25, 2020.

This is the first criminal case in Spanish history for racism during a football match. Both the prosecutor’s office and the league, the accused parties in the case, are asking for the accused to be imprisoned for up to two years, as well as a financial penalty, a five-year ban and a ban from entering football stadiums. approaching the victim. Williams said he felt “humiliated” by the racist abuse he received as he left the field.

The Provincial Court of Barcelona must now set a date for the oral trial. The defendant faces punishment for violation of fundamental rights and public freedoms, which includes the accusation that the victim’s dignity was violated for racist reasons, as well as a crime against moral integrity.

The defamation case against Williams thus follows another similar one, however, recently filed by the same Barcelona hate prosecution. In this complaint, Real Madrid player Vinicius Junior was racially abused during a match at Camp Nou on 24 October 2021. The prosecutor’s office closed this complaint due to the inability to partially identify the perpetrators of the events. of the Mossos d’Esquadra.

Source: El Diario





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