The Prosecutor's Office asks for two years in prison for the racist insults to Iñaki Williams
The Hate Crimes Prosecutorasks for two years in prison for a fan of the Real Club Deportivo Espanyolaccused of uttering racist insults to humiliate and belittle Athletic Bilbao striker I&ñaki Williams in a League match at the Cornellà-El Prat stadiumin January 2020.
In his brief of provisional conclusions, the prosecutor attributes to the defendant, K.G.B., a crime against fundamental rights and public liberties, in its modality of injuring the dignity of people for racist reasons and against moral integrity, for which he also asks for a fine of 5,475 euros and that during the five years after the prison sentence he cannot enter any football stadium or exercise the sports and free time teaching.
This racist incident occurred on January 25, 2020, during a League match between Espanyol and Athletic Club at Cornellà-El Prat, when between 2:26 p.m. and 2:28 p.m. Iñaki Williams was substituted and received a substitute. boos and “contempt manifestations”, such as simulating the gestures of primates and repeated cries “uh, uh, uh, uh”, onomatopoeia that imitates the sound made by monkeys.
Contempt for the color of the skin
The boos came from a part of the blue and white stadium located in sector 108 of the stands, where K.G.B., of Spanish nationality, was present, who “personally, among many”, according to the Prosecutor's Office, acted as a jester. “acting with obvious disregard for the black color of the player's skin.”
In this way, according to the Prosecutor's Office, the accused uttered screams and staged “racist gestures of contempt” against Williams, generating “feelings of frustration, shame, and humiliation” in the soccer player, with the consequent undermining of his dignity.
In In his brief, the prosecutor for hate crimes in Barcelona, Miguel Ángel Aguilar, maintains that these sounds imitating monkeys, as is “public and notorious”, have been made on several occasions by groups of fans from different countries. ;ses “to publicly offend black soccer players during the course of a soccer game.”
In March of last year, Willams assured He told the judge, in his statement by videoconference during the investigation phase, that he felt “Humiliated” by the racist insults and that he is outraged that acts of this nature continue to occur in the 21st century.
In fact, the prosecutor stresses that the racist insults occurred before the 27,318 attendees who had come to the blue and white stadium and before a television audience that is estimated at almost 210,000 spectators, in addition to a “massive” number of listeners who they could hear on the radio.
Three followers identified
In its brief, the Prosecutor's Office requests that the case be shelved for the second defendant for these racist chants, since In his case, during the investigation, sufficient evidence of criminality on his part has not been obtained.
The Prosecutor's Office An investigation was carried out into the Mossos d'Esquadra, which managed to identify the alleged authors of the insults after examining the images from the security cameras and thanks to the information provided by the RCD Espanyol on the holders of the The towns where the shouting came from.
Police investigations allowed the identification of three followers presumably related to the racist insults, one of them a minor.
Finally, of the two adults, the Prosecutor's Office has only ended up accusing one of them, due to the lack of evidence on the second.