Copa del Reu

Iñaki Williams thanks Tenerife fans for 'No to Racism' display

The Athletic Club striker stated after the Spanish Cup game: "I'd like to thank the crowd at the Heliodoro stadium for an unforgettable night".

Iñaki Williams thanks Tenerife fans for 'No to Racism' display

Supporters at Tenerife's Heliodoro Rodríguez López stadium made a clear stand against racism and violence last night during the Round of 16 Copa del Rey tie as they faced LaLiga's Athletic Club. The gesture was a show of support and solidarity for Athletic striker Iñaki Williams who was subjected to racist chants by a sector of Espayol fans last weekend.

A banner was displayed throughout the game in the south stand of the stadium bearing the message: "no al racismo" y "no a la violencia" (no to racism and no to violence). Another banner bore a message in Euskera (local Basque language) message: 'Iñaki zurekin gaude' (Iñaki, we're with you). During the ninth minute of the clash (to coincide with Williams' shirt number), the entire stadium was filled with anti-racist chants with the player applauding the gesture from the pitch.

The game itself was a tense affair with extra time and a penalty shoot-out seeing the Bilbao side progress to the quarter final stage.

A special night

After the match, Williams took to social media to offer his gratitude for the support shown by Tenerife fans posting on Twitter: "THANK YOU TENERIFE THANK YOU. YOU ARE 10/10. I will never forget tonight, not only for myself, but for all the people who suffer from it (racism) on a daily basis. Hopefully see you soon in the top flight!