Dani Alves biting back against racism represents baby step of progress
Published 30/04/2014 | 02:30
On a Thursday in February, our man in Spain, Graham Hunter joined us for what we'd billed as a report on Real Madrid's Copa del Rey semi-final thrashing of neighbours Atletico.
But Graham was agitated about something that occurred after the final whistle. As he tapped at his keyboard to finish his story from the Bernabeu pressbox, he had to listen to monkey chants resound around the empty stadium as Real defender Marcelo did a warmdown. It was racism as vile as Graham says he ever witnessed in Spain.
Graham loves Spain, but you could sense how shocked he was.