Some of the world’s biggest and best names have posted photos eating bananas in wake of the racist behaviour seen towards Barcelona’s Dani Alves
Footballers from across the globe have come together in support of Barcelona defender Dani Alves, after a banana was thrown at the Brazilian in a league match against Villarreal on Sunday.
Alves was taking a corner in the second-half of the match when a banana was thrown onto the pitch. The 30-year-old responded by taking a bite from the banana and tweeted his thanks to the fan responsible saying it gave him the energy to contribute to Barcelona’s next two goals.
The footballing world has been responding to the incident on social media over the last few days, posing for photos with a banana in support of anti-racism campaigns.
Manchester City stars Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure and Fernandinho have all posted pictures on their Twitter accounts, while ex-City stiker Mario Balotelli has also shown his support. Other players that have posted include PFA Player of the Year Luis Suarez, Chelsea’s Samuel Eto’o and Dani Alves’ Barcelona team-mate Neymar.
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Sorry I forgot to ask you: Anybody want to be a monkey like me?? pic.twitter.com/smAsrzbjrJ— Samuel Eto'o (@setoo9) April 29, 2014
Alves has gone on record since the incident claiming he would want to shame the person responsible for the racist behavior, and said that Spain is backwards in its approach toward such issues.
"If I could, I would put a photo of the fan on the internet so that he would be shamed," he said in an interview with Brazil's Radio Globo.
"There is racism against foreigners (in Spain). They sell the country as being first world but in certain things they are very backward."