FC Barcelona's Dani Alves Deals With Racism Like a Boss


F.C. Barcelona offensive right back Dani Alves owned the racist who threw a banana at him during Sunday's game against Villarreal at El Madrigal stadium.

Apr 28, 2014 | 07:38 PM

"We're all monkeys."

Such is the hashtag and battle cry that fans and supporters of F.C. Barcelona's offensive right back Dani Alves started after he was victim of racism during Sunday's La Liga game against Villareal.

Alves, who is Brazilian, was taking a corner kick during Barca's 3-2 win at Villarreal's El Madrigal stadium when a banana landed at his feet. Sadly, monkey sounds and throwing bananas have become commonplace in European tournaments against players of African or Latin American descent.

But instead of walking off, like Kevin-Prince Boateng did during an AC Milan match in Italy, Alves turned to humor to respond to haters: he picked up the banana, peeled it and took a bite right before taking the kick. (And, ultimately, winning the game.) 

"Dad always told me to eat bananas to prevent cramps. How did they know it?" wrote Alves on a tweet/Instagram post after the incident, which  is, unfortunately, not the first of its kind. "We have suffered this in Spain for some time," Alves said. "You have to take it with a dose of humor. We aren't going to change things easily. If you don't give it importance, they don't achieve their objective," he added.

Meanwhile, F.C. Barcelona teammate and fellow Brazilian Neymar posted a picture of himself with his two-year-old son David Lucca da Silva Santos eating a banana on Instagram with the photo caption: "We are all monkeys, we are all the same. Say no to racism!!" 

Neymar's post generated a further outpouring of support on social media. 

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Dani Alves bites back against racism - via @Telegraph http://fw.to/qF8ECmH Brilliant!!!



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