Barcelona defender Dani Alves responded to a racist taunt in Sunday’s 3-2 victory away to Villarreal. The Brazilian right back picked up a banana that was thrown from the crowd, peeled and ate it before taking a corner kick.
In a statement Alves said: “We have suffered this in Spain for some time. You have to take it with a dose of humour. We aren’t going to change things easily. If you don’t give it importance, they don’t achieve their objective.”
His fellow professionals including Neymar, Mario Balotelli, Coutinho and Luis Suarez have taken to social media sites like Instagram to show support for the Brazilian.