Barcelona defender Dani Alves says the fan who threw a banana at him during Sunday’s 3-2 win at Villareal should be publicly shamed.
Alves responded by peeling it and taking a bite before taking the corner.
The Brazil international’s gesture drew tremendous support from the world of football, from coaches to players and even the prime minister of Italy.
Villarreal said on Monday they had given the fan responsible a life ban.
“If I could, I would put a photo of the fan on the internet so that he would be shamed,” the 30-year-old left-back said.
The defender also criticised Spain for its approach towards racism.
“There’s racism against foreigners,” he said in an interview with Brazil’s Radio Globo. “They sell the country as being first world but in certain things they are very backward.”
Manchester City’s Yaya Toure was one of a number of players to have lent support to Alves.
The reigning African Player of the Year, who was the subject of a racist chant at Russian club CSKA Moscow in a Champions League game earlier in the season, posted a photo of him with a Banana on Twitter with the hash-tag: ‘#NoToRacism’.
— yaya toure (@Toure_yaya42) April 29, 2014