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Villarreal ban fan

Madrid: Spanish police have detained the Villarreal supporter who threw a banana on the pitch near Barcelona defender Daniel Alves on Sunday and charged him with a “breach of fundamental rights and civil liberties”.

“A 26-year-old man was taken into custody on Tuesday evening before being charged and released and would be appearing before a judge at a yet-to-be-determined date,” a police spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

Villarreal announced they had given the supporter a life ban but Alves, who has criticised the level of racism in Spain before, felt it was not enough. “If I could, I would put a photo of the fan on the internet so that he would be shamed,” Alves said. (reuters)