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Stunned Dani Alves thankful for support over racists

Published on: 30 April 2014
Dani Alves

Dani Alves has been stunned by the support he received for his reaction to racist abuse during Barcelona's weekend clash with Villarreal, but hopes he has helped the fight against discrimination.

The Barca defender sparked a social media campaign against bigotry as scores of his fellow professionals showed their backing for his decision to eat a banana thrown at him by a Villarreal fan at El Madrigal.

Neymar, Mario Balotelli, Sergio Aguero, Luis Suarez and women's star Marta were among those who posted pictures of themselves taking bites out of bananas in tribute to Alves' actions in his side's match at Villarreal on Sunday.

Many other players as well as members of the public also praised Alves

He said: "I think a negative attitude has to be met with a positive one.

"That makes more difference than trying to fight in a different way."

The 30-year-old, who has been the victim of racist abuse before during his 11 years in La Liga, added: " This kind of thing should not exist anywhere.

"We're in the 21st century, the world has evolved and we must evolve with it.

"I'm glad to have created this effect and hope it serves to put a stop to these types of attitudes."

Villarreal have banned the culprit for life.


This article has 3 comment(s), give your comment
  • abia says:
    May 01, 2014 03:33 pm
    Selfmade, if an eye fr an eye n a tooth fr a tooth. No one 'll bi left either an eye or a tooth... so to speak. Jesus said if u do good to only those who cn pay us back then [email protected] good ix it. Bt rather wi shld do good to both those who cn pay back n those who cnt. Jesus also said wen u pay evil wif good it's lyk poring coals of fire on their heads... Food fr thought... Slalom
  • Banana says:
    April 30, 2014 02:09 pm
    As the aboriginal, native, primitive clothes of Australia jungle said," the only creature that does not eat BANANA is SNAKES.Birds eat banana,fish will eat banana and all terrestial creatures eat banana except snakes. If human hate banana, that human is a snake or men who wear skurts. Stupid culture.
  • selfmade says:
    April 30, 2014 04:02 pm
    There is no freedom or revolution that has been achieved without a cause! Infact there is no existence without a CAUSE! According to the PRINCE IN MACHIAVELLI, there can never be a peaceful and orderly society without destruction! According to Machiavellian, the PPRINCE, he who neglects what is done for ought have to be done, SOONER EFFECTS HIS OWN RUIN! White racists are using Machiavellian tactics against all black footballers and they are doing what they have to do to ruin us but the question is this, are black footballers and for that matter black people neglecting what OUGHT TO BE DONE? Are we inviting our OWN RUIN? Why are we neglecting what we have to do to counter these racists dogs be it positive or negative! There is no true revolution or freedom without a CASUALTY and this is the time for black people to stand up against RACISTS DOGS thru MALCOLM X THEORIES!! White ppeople are too stubborn to be swayed by a few black players EATING BANANAS as a way to fight racism!! Infact black players eating bananas thrown at them really confirm what these racists DOGS what to achieve!! These racists dogs want to show the world that the black player is a monkey and hence should eat bananas instead of playing football and for the said player to eat the bananas truly confirmed that he is indeed a MONKEY and if this is not COWARDINESS, then I wonder what is it!! This is the time to pay them back in their own coin by going the MALCOLM X WAY IN FOOTBALL!! A tooth for a tooth and an eye for an eye!! This is the time for black fans all over the world start to fill stadiums with portraits of white players draw as PIGS and eating from a dump stand!! All FIFA executive should also be painted as PIGS TOO in coats and I know this ll get to them!! Italian players, Spanish players should be represebtes as PIGS and this is the only way out!! MALCOLM X WAY!!!