Monday 20 October 2014

Villareal issue lifetime ban after Dani Alves banana-throwing incident

Published 28/04/2014 | 18:47

Villareal has confirmed it has identified the supporter responsible for racist incident against Barcelona and has been banned from the stadium.

Barcelona fullback Dani Alves produced the perfect riposte to a racist taunt when taking a corner kick during his team's 3-2 win at Villareal on Sunday.

The Brazil international casually picked up a banana thrown from the terraces onto the pitch, peeled it and shoved it in his mouth in one fluid motion before tossing away the peel and completing the kick.

The player has received widespread praise for his reaction to the incident and Villareal released a statement to announce they had identified the culprit and taken immediate action.

“Villarreal CF wants to communicate that the club deeply regrets and condemns the incident that happened yesterday during the match against FC Barcelona in which a fan threw an object onto the field of El Madrigal,” it read.

“Thanks to the security forces and the invaluable assistance of the Yellow crowd, the club has already identified the author and has decided to withdraw his season tickets, permanently banning his access to El Madrigal stadium.”

“Once again our club would like to express its firm commitment to promoting respect, equality, sportsmanship and fair play both on and off the field and our absolute rejection of any act that is contrary to these principles, such as violence, discrimination, racism and xenophobia.”

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