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Referee stops Spanish league match over ‘monkey chants’

A referee was forced to halt play during Sunday's Spanish league match between Sporting Gijon and visiting Athletic Bilbao because of racist chants aimed at Bilbao player Iñaki Williams.

Referee stops Spanish league match over 'monkey chants'
Athletic Bilbao's Iñaki Williams during the match. Photo: AFP

Referee Clos Gomez wrote in his match report that he suspended play during the first half when he said he heard “monkey calls” being shouted from one section of El Molinon Stadium directed at Williams.

Gomez explained that play was only suspended for a minute while a warning given by the public announcer. The abusive insults then stopped.

The 22-year-old player was born and raised in Bilbao by a Ghanaian father and Liberian mother, and joined Athletic’s youth squad when he was 18, becoming the first black player to score for the 'Basque only' club in 2014. 

Since then he has made over 60 appearances for his club and earned his first national team cap for Spain in May.

The issue of racism in Spain’s favourite sport was highlighted in 2014 when Barça’s Dani Alves paused to pick up a banana thrown at him during a game.

 

 

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IN PICS: Spain protests in BLM solidarity over George Floyd death

People in Spain have joined those protesting over the death of George Floyd at the hands of a police office in Minneapolis, staging their own demonstrations in solidarity.

IN PICS: Spain protests in BLM solidarity over George Floyd death
People take part in a protest over the police killing of George Floyd in the USA, on June 1, 2020 in Barcelona. Photo: AFP

Dozens of people gathered in Barcelona and Madrid to call for “Justice for George”.


People take part in a protest over the police killing of George Floyd in the USA, on June 1, 2020 in Barcelona.Photo: AFP

Under the message #BlackLivesMatter people took to the streets in Madrid and Barcelona, wearing masks and attempting to keep two metres apart as social distancing measures require.


A protestor in a facemask with the last words heard by George Floyd as he was pinned to the ground by a police officer. Photo: AFP

 

 

 


Demonstrators observe a minute of silence at the end of a protest on June 1, 2020 in Barcelona. Photo: AFP

Barcelona-based street artist TV Boy daubed a memorial for George Floyd. 

 

New peaceful protests have been called for June 7th in both Madrid and Barcelona at 11am on Sunday. Madrid's protest will take place outside the US Embassy on Calle Serrano, 75 and the Barcelona one will meet in Plaza Sant Jaume.

 

 

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