m. (neuers) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,

Sergio Agüero and Neymar amongst Dani Alves' supporters after banana-throwing incident

Barcelona defender Dani Alves has received more support following his reaction to a banana being thrown in his direction by a Villarreal supporter during a La Liga game on Sunday.

The Brazil international picked up the banana and took a bite before playing a key role as Barca fought back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 and keep their hopes of retaining the Primera Division alive.

Following the game Alves was backed by team-mate Neymar who posted a picture of himself with a banana alongside the hashtag 'We are all monkeys', while his girlfriend Thaissa Carvalho also took a photo of herself among a group of friends eating bananas.

And Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero posted a picture on Twitter alongside five-time FIFA World Player of the Year Marta saying 'No to racism. We are all equal'.

Later, Tottenham duo Mousa Dembele and Nacer Chadli and Brazil international Hulk also posted pictures joining in the campaign.

Also offered their support: Robert Carlos and Oscar, David Luiz and Willian

Barcelona released a statement condemning the incident and urged other clubs to continue fighting in order to eradicate racism from football.

'FC Barcelona would like to underline the civil, cultural, social and sporting importance of two messages which UEFA remind us of before every game: Respect and No to Racism.

'FC Barcelona wishes to express its complete support and solidarity with our first team player Dani Alves, following the insults he was subject to from a section of the crowd at El Madrigal on Sunday during the game against Villarreal. FC Barcelona accepts that the perpetrators of these insults are in no way connected to Villarreal and we value very positively the support the club offered to our player.

'The club’s immediate condemnation of the incidents is a step in the right direction to firstly isolate and then eradicate completely from the sporting arena this kind of behaviour.

'FC Barcelona reiterates its support for UEFA’s message of Respect and No to Racism and urges all clubs to continue fighting against the blight on the game which any kind of aggression against a sportsperson on the basis of their race represents.'

Alves made light of the incident following the game, saying 'I don't know who threw the banana but I want to thank him. It gave me the energy to put two more crosses in for our goals.'

He later added: 'We have suffered this in Spain for some time. You have to take it with a dose of humour. We aren't going to change things easily. If you don't give it importance, they don't achieve their objective.'

Alves has often been subjected to racist taunts and called fighting racism 'a lost war' in January 2013, after segments of Real Madrid's fans abused him with monkey chants during a match.

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