Villareal Fined €12,000 for Fans’ Act of Racism

The Spanish league disciplinary committee has fined Villareal the sum of 12,000 euros for racism by a fan who threw a banana at Barcelona’s Dani Alves during the league match between the teams at Villareal’s Madrigal stadium on 27 April.

The incident happened during Barca’s 3-2 win over the ‘Yellow Submarine’ last month.

The Brazilian left-back was preparing to take a corner when the fruit landed on the pitch beside him. He picked it up, bit it and threw away the left-over, as a sign to undermine racists taunting of black footballers with Banana.

Dani Alves Replies Racist in the Crowd at the Madrigal Stadium on 27 April.
Dani Alves Replies Racist in the Crowd at the Madrigal Stadium on 27 April.

Local media had reported the Spanish police arrested a spectator, named as David Campaya Lleo, suspected of throwing the banana at the Brazilian left-back.

The man detained has been identified as a 26-year-old Villareal supporter.

Villareal earlier said the man involved had had his season ticket withdrawn and been given a lifetime ban.

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