Saturday 18 November 2017

Dani Alves biting back against racism represents baby step of progress

Daniel Alves of Barcelona
Daniel Alves of Barcelona

Off The Ball - Donny Mahoney

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.

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