Inaki Williams received a standing ovation from Tenerife fans to help protest against racism

Inaki Williams received a standing ovation from Tenerife fans in the 9th minute

Athletic Bilbao striker Inaki Williams was the sadly latest player to be racially abused at a European football ground in 2019/20 on Saturday.

Incidents have sadly been rife during the season, with Williams targeted with monkey chants from Espanyol thugs.

Video from the game provided damning evidence of the abuse and according to the Guardian, Espanyol are reportedly set to act by banning 12 'fans' for life.

If there was any justice, La Liga would act swiftly and enforce some even stricter punishments upon the club as well.

But last night, there was a small ray of light shining over a truly horrible incident.

Bilbao travelled to Tenerife in the Copa Del Rey and the home supporters showed there is certainly hope as they gave Williams a standing ovation in the ninth minute of the game.

Banners were also unveiled saying 'we stand with you' and 'no to racism'.

Williams responded to the heartfelt actions of the Tenerife fans on Twitter after the game.

The young Spanish striker wrote: "THANK YOU TENERIFE THANK YOU. YOU ARE A 10. I will never forget tonight, not only for myself, but for all the people who suffer from it on a daily basis. Hopefully see you soon in First! ❤👏🏿 @CDTOficial @LaLiga."

The football-loving majority silencing the cowardly minority, what a moment.

While the governing bodies continue to dilly dally and tip-toe around the issue of racism, the real fans have decided to take action.

The game itself in Tenerife was a pretty entertaining spectacle as Bilbao had to secure victory via a penalty shootout after a 3-3 draw.

Tenerife fans' banner for Williams

Williams scored twice in normal time, but it was the home side who took a 3-2 lead in extra-time thanks to a penalty from Carlos Ruiz Arenaga.

But left-back Yuri Berchiche was on hand to equalise in the 118th minute, with the La Liga outfit eventually prevailing on penalties.

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