Spanish police arrested a banana-thrower after he insulted soccer star Dani Alves by casting the fruit on the pitch. Such racist attacks are not something new for many players.
The Spanish police have apprehended a viciously racist man from Villarreal who threw a banana on the football pitch where Dani Alves was playing the game. He is charged with breaking the basic rights and social values that reign in the country.
Dani Alves took the racist attack calmly and picked up the banana from the ground. He then proceeded to peel it and even took a bite or two from it. The result was a generation of widespread sympathy for Alves not only from the fan base but from several fellow players.
Watch the video clip of the banana throwing incident below.
The act of throwing a banana to a player was clearly the height of insulting behavior. When the cameras transmitted coverage of the challenge and response around the world, there was outrage among the community that is the Global Village.
Support for Alves came from many quarters. He is a black Brazilian player and has his self respect which he jealously guards. "I have been surprised by everyone's support. I did it without thinking. The world has evolved and we must evolve with it," said Alves.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter also backed Alves. He tweetd in favor of Alves.
The man who insulted him so blatantly is reported to be 26 years old. Banana-thrower has been arrested and is currently facing trial in court. Besides a fine he could be liable to serve a three to four year sentence for the rude and crude act he perpetrated against Alves.
Alves has previously complained regarding the racism he has faced while in Spain. He feels that this man deserves more of a stiffer sentence after the savage insult he masterminded against Alves.
"FIFA must concentrate on things more important than La Masia. They need to give their attention to more serious things," he said.
Villerreal meanwhile is in trouble. The club has awarded the culprit a life ban. But some feel it is not enough. Alves in particular spoke later on about how he actually wanted to display the scoundrel’s photo on the Internet in order to shame him before the rest of the planet.
He said that Spain felt pride in saying that it belonged to the First World, but in fact it was such a backward nation that partook in the implicit degradation of foreign people.
"If I could, I would put a photo of the fan on the Internet so that he would be shamed," Alves told Brazil's Radio Globo. "There is racism against foreigners. They sell the country as being first world but in certain things they are very backward."