Barcelona defender Dani Alves gobbles up racist taunt, wins hearts

first_imgBarcelona defender Dani Alves takes a bite out of a banana that was thrown on the pitch by a supporter of Villareal. Many saw the act of throwing the banana as a racist insult.Barcelona defender Dani Alves’ calm and indifferent reaction to a racist taunt during the club’s Sunday tie against Villareal has helped gather quite a lot of support for him. During the match that Barcelona won 3-2, a Villareal supporter – in a racist gesture – threw a banana on the pitch, near the 30-year-old Brazilian. Alves, however, reacted by picking up the banana and taking a bite out of it before going on with the game and setting up a goal in Barcelona’s dramatic come-from-behind victory. Alves’ club has condemned the incident and backed its player. “Barcelona totally supports and stands with player Dani Alves after the insults he received Sunday at the Villareal ground by certain people at the game,” the club said in a statement. Villareal’s reaction was a move in the right direction towards “converting grounds into areas where sports take priority and where the bad behaviour by some people is, first, isolated and then, eradicated for good,” Barcelona said. “I have been in Spain 11 years and it has been the same for 11 years. You have to laugh at these backward people,” Alves said after Sunday’s game. “We are not going to change it, so you have to take it almost as a joke and laugh at them.”last_img

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