Madrid: Barcelona fullback Dani Alves produced the perfect riposte to a racist taunt when taking a corner kick during his team’s 3-2 win at Villarreal on Sunday.
The Brazil international casually picked up a banana thrown from the terraces onto the pitch, peeled it and shoved it in his mouth in one fluid motion before tossing away the peel and completing the kick.
Alves has previously taken a stand against racism at stadia in Spain.
The 30-year-old complained of racial abuse last year after being taunted by monkey chants from sections of the crowd during a King’s Cup semi-final at Real Madrid and labelled Spain’s efforts to tackle the problem a “lost war”.
Barce-lona and a host of fellow players have backed Alves after the incident.
“We are all monkeys, we are all the same, say no to racism,” Alves’s Barca and Brazil teammate Neymar wrote on his Twitter feed with a picture of him holding a peeled banana.
Barca earlier pledged their “complete support and solidarity” with Alves and referred to “insults he was subject to from a section of the crowd”. They also thanked Villarreal for immediately condemning those responsible.
“Barcelona accepts that the perpetrators of these insults are in no way connected to Villarreal and we value very positively the support the club offered to our player,” Barca said.