Blatter fury over Alves banana

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has described the act of racism directed at Barcelona defender Dani Alves over the weekend as 'an outrage.'

Last Updated: 28/04/14 at 19:12 Post Comment

Sepp Blatter: What Dani Alves tolerated is an outrage

Sepp Blatter: What Dani Alves tolerated is an outrage

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

During Barca's trip to Villarreal on Sunday, a spectator threw a banana at the Brazilian just as he was about to take a corner.

Alves responded by taking a quick bite out of the fruit before continuing by quickly taking the corner.

Villarreal have announced that they have identified the culprit and banned him for life.

And now FIFA chief Blatter has made his feelings known with a tweet which reads: "What Dani Alves tolerated last night is an outrage. We must fight all forms of discrimination. Will be zero tolerance at World Cup."

The player himself has said he is 'now used to the abuse after 11 years in Spain' and tends to treat such incidents 'with a dose of humour'.

Sergio Aguero of Manchester City has also turned to Twitter to support Alves whose club team-mate and compatriot Neymar posted a photograph of himself on Instagram holding a banana while writing "We are all monkeys."

And former England striker Gary Lineker has described Alves's response as "brilliant."

The incident occurred in the 75th minute of a match in which Barcelona fought back from 2-0 down to win 3-2.

Barcelona have applauded Villarreal for their reaction and issued a statement saying: "We accept 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."

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

T

his specializing in mediocrity will only stop when Wenger and his entire back room staff are cleared out. Dortmund are everything Arsenal should be; in fact they're everything Arsenal thought they were, until they met this supreme doppelg nger.

dr soccer
The Bitter Taste Of Arsenal Déjà Vu

D

isgusting. Shambolic. Pathetic. Embarassing. Inept. Below par. Painful. Horrible. Sickening. Frustrating. Wasteful. 11 adjectives to describe the 11 professionals on the pitch. I have never been so frustrated. Losing I can handle, but negligence and years of the same mistake is just becoming a joke now. One that isn't even funny anymore.

mootilated
The Bitter Taste Of Arsenal Déjà Vu

T

he worst performance since Wenger took charge. A spineless, gutless cowardly performance. Wenger and the players should hand their weeks wages to the fans. Useless pathetic amateurs.

popularpete,
Wenger bemoans poor display

Footer 365

Premier League: Newcastle winger Jonas Gutierrez battling testicular cancer

Newcastle United winger Jonas Gutierrez has revealed he has been receiving treatment for testicular cancer.

Champions League: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits Dortmund deserved victory

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits his side were 'average' following their 2-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund.

Champions League: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers praises side after Ludogorets win

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers praised his side's character as they battled to a late 2-1 win over Ludogorets.

Mail Box

Who's More Miserable - Baggies Or Mags?

There's not a lot to choose between the misery of West Brom fans and the misery of Newcastle fans. We have mails on them, 'only QPR' and lots on Man United...

Forget it, Ronaldo Won't Come Back

A varied morning mailbox, with thoughts on Ronaldo, Daley Blind = Michael Carrick, Ed Woodward redemption, stick with Pardew, QPR's name change and marbles...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property