Near the end of a soccer match in Spain this weekend, a “fan” threw a banana at the feet of Brazilian player, Dani Alves. So he ate it.
Racism in European and Russian football, particularly from fans, has been an unending hazing rite for black and Arab/Arab-descent players. After the game, Alves, who plays for Barça, reportedly said, “I’ve been here 11 years and I’ve been suffering this whole time, so I just face it with humor.”
After the banana energy boost, Alves went on to set up Messi for a goal. Barça won 3-2.
Check out Alves teammate and fellow Brazilian, Neymar and son’s Instagram reaction: