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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Liverpool stars lend support to Alves after racist abuse

Published 28/04/2014 | 21:41

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Liverpool star Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho are the latest to lend their support to Dani Alves following racist abuse at Villareal yesterday.

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The Barcelona full-back has received widespread praise for his reaction when a Villareal fan threw bananas in his direction, with the Brazilian calmly picking one up and eating it before taking a corner kick.

Villareal has identified the culprit and issued a lifetime ban from the stadium and right around the world the player has received support from his peers.

Alves had already played a key part in sparking his team's 3-2 comeback when his wayward shot found the back of the net courtesy of a deflection off Villareal's Gabriel Armando in the 65th minute.

Shortly after the banana incident, Alves then delivered a cross that Mateo Musacchio headed into his own goal before Lionel Messi scored Barcelona's winner.

Coutinho and Suarez are the latest high-profile players to pose eating a banana to demonstrate their support, with team-mate Neymar also doing something similar earlier today.

Coutinho posted the picture on his Twitter account this evening

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