Athletic Bilbao’s Nico Williams Scores Amid Allegations of Racial Abuse

Athletic Bilbao’s Nico Williams found the net against Atletico Madrid amid allegations of racial abuse from a section of home fans during their clash.

The winger attempted to halt play by alerting referee Juan Martinez to the alleged chanting, seeking intervention against the discriminatory behavior.

Expressing his dismay, Williams disclosed, “I have gone to take a corner and I have heard monkey sounds,” emphasizing the need for concerted efforts to combat such incidents. “There are stupid people everywhere, but nothing happens, we have to keep working,” he added.

In response to the reported incident, Atletico players Antoine Griezmann and Jose Maria Gimenez were observed urging the home fans to cease the chanting before play resumed.

Williams, reflecting on his goal celebration, conveyed, “It comes with a bit of anger, it is not normal that they still insult you because of your skin tone.”

Atletico condemned the act, stating the club’s stance “against any act of racism or hatred,” while La Liga emphasized its commitment to eradicating racism from the sport.

Despite Williams’ goal, Athletic Bilbao fell to Atletico Madrid, with Angel Correa and an own goal from Athletic goalkeeper Unai Simon sealing a 3-1 victory for the hosts.

Diego Simeone’s side now sits six points clear of fifth-place Athletic with five games remaining, positioning themselves well for Champions League qualification next season.

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