La Liga president condemns 'step back' after Inaki Williams makes racism complaint

La Liga president Javier Tebas has promised an investigation after Inaki Williams said he racially abused during Athletic Bilbao's game against Espanyol.

La Liga president Javier Tebas promised to take action after Athletic Bilbao striker Inaki Williams said he was subject to racist abuse during the tie against Espanyol on Saturday.   -  Getty Images

La Liga president Javier Tebas condemned an awful day for Spanish football after Inaki Williams reported racist abuse while Barcelona and Valencia fans clashed at Mestalla.

Athletic Bilbao striker Williams said he was racially abused by Espanyol supporters during their top-flight match on Saturday.

The forward passed on a complaint to Athletic captain Iker Muniain, who in turn spoke with referee Jose Maria Sanchez Martinez, while Williams appeared to clash with fans as he was substituted.

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Elsewhere, supporters of Barca and Valencia were involved in violent confrontations ahead of a match the home side won 2-0, handing Blaugrana head coach Quique Setien his first defeat.

Tebas vowed La Liga would investigate both incidents, posting on Twitter: "Today we have taken a step back in the work started years ago.

 

"The violent incidents of Barcelona and Valencia, the racist insults to Inaki Williams, they do a lot of damage to all of Spanish football.

"LaLiga takes responsibility. We will look with the clubs where the error is."

Williams posted a message on his official Twitter account, writing: "It is very sad that today we continue to see racism in football. We have to end it among EVERYONE. Thanks for your support."

 

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