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Daniel Alves: Barcelona Player Eats Banana In Response To Racial Taunt

Mon, April 28, 2014 1:07pm EDT by HL Intern 4 Comments

Racism has been a reoccurring issue in soccer for years and unfortunately, yet another incident occurred on April 27 at a game between Barcelona and Villarreal when a banana was thrown at FC Barcelona defender, Daniel Alves. Read on to watch Dani’s reaction!

Daniel Alves is not the first European football player to experience racist taunting during a competition, but he is one of the first to respond with humor. When a spectator threw a banana in an attempt to degrade Daniel during a game on April 27, he simply treated it like a mid-game snack and continued to play.

Dani Alves Eats Banana Thrown At Him During Soccer Match

Daniel was taking a corner during the Barcelona vs. Villarreal game when a fan threw a banana that landed at his feet. Rather than visually showing his outrage, he simply peeled the banana and took a bite before getting back on with the game.

It’s pretty disgusting that racist discrimination is still such an issue in the sports world, and not all Euro soccer players have dealt with racist taunting as gracefully as Dani did. Kevin-Prince Boateng led a walk off of his AC Milan team after being racially abused by fans in an Italian league game. He later spoke out and demanded that the league take action against such abuse from players as well as fans. Dani, on the other hand, kept his cool and continued on with the competition, almost as if the crude joke never even happened.

Daniel Alves’s Response To Racist Taunting Starts Online Movement

Even though Dani didn’t storm off of the field or demand strict changes from the Spanish League, his reaction still started an anti-racist movement in his honor. It began by his teammate, Neymar, tweeting the hashtag #somostodosmacacos meaning #weareallmonkeys along with an instagram photo  mockingly holding a peeled banana.

What followed was a worldwide trending hashtag from celebs and the public alike, showing their support and snapping pics eating bananas. The phrase “RACISMO NÃO” has also united his supporters, meaning say no to racism.

Not only did Daniel’s peaceful response start a cooperative anti-racism movement all over the world, but he also got the last laugh when Barcelona beat Villarreal 3-2. He continued to make light of the incident even after the game:

“I don’t know who it was, but thanks to whoever threw the banana, the potassium gave me the energy for the two crosses which led to a goal.” He continued, “I have been living in Spain for 11 years, and for 11 years I’ve been laughing at these morons”.

What do you think about Daniel Alves’s Response, HollywoodLifers? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

— Kindra Bailey

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