29 April 2014

Dani Alvez takes a bit out of racism on the soccer pitch

European soccer (aka football) has struggled the past few years with racism, coming both from the stands and on the field (pitch). International and domestic organizers have sought to stamp out racism in and around soccer, but it continues to rear its ugly head. One insult is throwing a banana in the direction of a player.

Last weekend, FC Barcelona defender Dani Alvez was preparing to take a corner kick against opponent Villarreal when a banana landed in front of him. The Brazilian national immediately walked over, picked it up, quickly peeled it, ate it and took the kick.

"We have suffered this in Spain for some time. You have to take it with a dose of humor," Alves said about it to the BBC.

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