VIDEO: Dani Alves 1 Banana throwing supporters 0

Dani Alves

In their game with Villarreal, Barcelona fullback Dani Alves found a novel way of undermining supporters who had thrown a banana at him.

In what was a highly charged emotional affair, Villarreal supporters have once again highlighted the problems the country's game has with racism.

Just days after former Barca boss Tito Villanova passed away, the Villarreal crowd showed little sensitivity as they threw a banana at Barcelona's right back Dani Alves as he prepared to take a corner.

It was seemingly thrown at the Brazilian with racist intentions to unsettle him, disgraceful behaviour but sadly not uncommon in many European football leagues.

But the Barca man had the last laugh, paying little heed to the offensive action before crossing for his side's equaliser. 

Alves nonchalantly walked onto the pitch, seized the banana before peeling it, taking a bite and throwing it aside.

The former Sevilla man has played in La Liga for 12 years, and has suffered abuse on more than one occasion. He complained in January last year after a Copa del Rey game with Real Madrid, admitting it wasn't the first time such things had happened.

"I know that people are fighting against this but these kinds of things keep happening," the Brazil international said after that game.

"I have been in Spain for 10 years and it has been happening since the first day.

"Drastic measures should be taken."

Barcelona went 2-0 down at Camp El Madrigal in Villarreal, before forcing the home side to concede two own goals, the second of which came directly after the incident at the corner, with Lionel Messi completing a spectacular comeback to secure a 3-2 win. 

Alves' gesture drew support from throughout the footballing world, with former Barca and England striker Gary Lineker tweeting the following in support of the player.

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