Spanish police arrest Dani Alves banana thrower suspect

Spanish police say they have arrested a

spectator suspected of throwing a banana

at Barcelona's Brazilian footballer Dani

Alves last weekend.

The racist incident took place as the player was

about to take a corner in a match at Villarreal

on Sunday.

Alves responded by peeling and eating the

banana – which received praise worldwide and

sparked a large social media campaign against


The man detained has been identified as a 26-

year-old Villarreal supporter.

He has been named as David Campaya Lleo,

local media say.

The club said earlier the man involved had had

his season ticket withdrawn and been given a

lifetime ban.

The Barcelona defender expressed his surprise

at the outpouring of support in the wake of

the banana affair. His team eventually won the

match 3-2, at Villareal's El Madrigal stadium in

Castellon on Spain's east coast.

Alves told BBC Brasil on Wednesday it was

"not an isolated incident", and that he had

been denouncing racist insults for six years.

"I hope that this (campaign) can be an alert to

ban this kind of attitude from football

altogether. I hope the debate about racial

prejudice will not fade away, but stays on

permanently and not be restricted only to

football," he added.

Lifetime ban

Reports suggest the suspect in detention may

have had links to one of the Villarreal's youth

teams, although the team has not commented

on this.

In a statement earlier this week, Villarreal said

the club "deeply regrets and condemns the


In earlier comments to Brazil's Radio Globo,

Alves said he wanted the opposition fan who

threw the banana to be publicly shamed.

He also criticised Spain for its approach to

racism, saying: "They sell the country as being

first world but in certain things they are very


The hashtag "we are all monkeys" took

Twitter by storm after fellow Brazilian

footballer Neymar tweeted a photo of himself

smiling on Instagram with a banana, side by

side with his toddler son.

Professional footballers, celebrities and

ordinary people alike have since posted

photos of themselves, banana in hand, on

social media.

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi became

the latest public figure to join the campaign

when he posed for reporters, sharing a banana

with Italian football coach Cesare Prandelli.


Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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