A fan threw a banana at Dani Alves, so he ate it and took his corner kick

Brooks Peck | Dirty Tackle, Yahoo!7 April 28, 2014, 2:48 pm

It's been a very emotional few days for Barcelona as they had to travel to Villarreal and try to keep their title hopes alive just two days after the death of former manager Tito Vilanova.

Given the circumstances, it was understandable that Barca fell behind 2-0 before the hour mark, but then they mounted a comeback and in the midst of that, Dani Alves showed that he was not in the mood to let any abusive fans get to him.

A Villarreal own goal in the 65th minute made it 2-1 and gave Barcelona something to build on.

About 10 minutes later, Barca won a corner kick and Dani Alves went to take it. Villarreal fans threw things at him once he got near them — one of those items being a banana.

When Alves spotted it laying on the pitch, he casually picked it up, peeled it, took a big bite, tossed the peel aside and took his corner kick. As cool as can be.

Two minutes later, Villarreal scored another own goal to make it 2-2 and Lionel Messi came through with a goal in the 83rd minute to give Barca a 3-2 that will undoubtedly be dedicated to Tito Vilanova.

Sadly, racist abuse — including bananas and monkey sounds — has become old hat to Dani Alves.

In January of last year, he said, "I go through this constantly in all the grounds I go to. It is a shame, as fans can like you or not, and there can be heated moments within games, but the crowd should just support their own team. [...] I have been here [in Spain] for ten years and since the first year this kind of thing has happened. There are worse grounds [than the Bernabeu]. It happens all over Spain. I lived through it at Sevilla. Until action is taken, nothing will be fixed."

Following the Villarreal match, Alves expanded on his previous comments with an explanation of his personal approach to racism in the absence of institutional change. From the AP:

"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."

Hopefully one day soon the powers that be will provide the action Alves and so many others have called for. But until then, Dani Alves will eat your nutritious bananas and use that fuel to help him beat your team.

As if Alves' reaction in the moment wasn't brilliant enough, Neymar, his teammate at both Barcelona and the Brazilian national team, later posted a photo on Instagram of himself holding a banana while his young son, David Lucca, hugged a banana stuffed toy. Neymar's caption to the picture: "We are all monkeys."

Pic: Instagram

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15 Comments

  1. Fairsky02:23am Tuesday 29th April 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    I SEE.

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  2. Fairsky02:20am Tuesday 29th April 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    @ Yahoo, Thats 2 blogs I've been omitted from. Obviously not up to scratch tonight...hhmmmmmm!

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  3. Big Kev 13310:40pm Monday 28th April 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    To reach this level of competition and be intimidated by anything is beyond belief. Hell I don't have anywhere close to what these guys have so whats the worry if some idiot who has paid big money to come and see you throws in particular nasty words your way. I am still concerned that coins etc. are chucked because someone could lose an eye. Great move eating the banana which is pretty much laughing back in their face.

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  4. eise09:48pm Monday 28th April 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    Goodes you need to grow a couple, of you know what. because you are not a man. please don't sook I don't mean you are not a man but an ape, I mean you are not a man because you need to grow some balls!!!

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  5. eise09:46pm Monday 28th April 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    Pick on a little girl = Australian of the year

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  6. eise09:46pm Monday 28th April 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    GOODES = SOOK

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  7. eise09:44pm Monday 28th April 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    This is where australia is. You sook and you are an aussie hero. I think its more the fact that australia feels guilty about the aborigines so they reward goodes. He did not deserve it, people die for our country, we have so many people do good with kids, cancer etc etc but we give the award to this sook. Why be sorry, the past is the past, every nation had different wars, get over it. So many europeans came to this country with nothing but their bags, yet they have homes, are successful, are civilised?????????????????????????????

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  8. Gavan09:18pm Monday 28th April 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    A very smooth and sophisticated response by Dani Alves. In one bold action he negated the racist 'heroic act' of imbecile fans who demonstare such offensive human behaviour. I am equally supportive of Adam Goodes response he undertook to being racially vilified. Both Goodes and Alves here demonstrated the importance of taking a stance. Both deserve equal commendation. I am troubled to read here of some misjudged comments that liken Goodes stance to that of a 'cry baby?' Surely those who author comments like these realise they are in fact by complicity stating that it is ok to demonstrate ( or echo) racist behaviour.

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  9. Denis09:06pm Monday 28th April 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    The only people who get called racist are white and generally male.

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  10. graham08:54pm Monday 28th April 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    Good on Dani,I don't know why everybody gets so uptight about having race & religion remarks & name calling thrown at them.A person cops them as soon as they're old enough to virtually talk.Black,red yellow white were all called b........ds.we all copped it,did any of us suffer from it?I've never met anyone that has & I'm well over 70....Grow u p& get a life instead of taking everything to heart .have a good day

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