Barcelona defender eats banana after it lands on pitch
Barcelona’s Dani Alves reacted to having a banana thrown at him during Sunday’s dramatic 3-2 win at Villarreal by peeling it and then taking a bite.
He was about to take a corner when the banana landed on the pitch. “We have suffered this in Spain for some time,” said Alves. “You have to take it with a dose of humour.”
Former Barca striker Gary Lineker praised Alves. “Picked it up, peeled it, ate it and proceeded to take the corner,” he tweeted.
The ex-England striker added: “Utterly brilliant reaction from Alves. Treat the racist berk with complete disdain!”
Alves has been a regular target of racist abuse during his 12 years in Spain with both Sevilla and Barcelona.
In January 2013, the Brazil international complained of racist abuse following a Copa del Rey semi-final match against Real Madrid.
“We aren’t going to change things easily,” he added.
Referring specifically to Sunday’s incident, he said: “If you don’t give it importance, they don’t achieve their objective.”
Alves, 30, was involved in two goals as Barca come from 2-0 down against Villarreal to win 3-2 at El Madrigal.
The win leaves them second in the table, four points behind leaders Atletico Madrid with three games remaining.
From BBC Sport