Despite the efforts of FIFA’s anti-discrimination campaigns, racism continues to rear its head at professional soccer matches, with fans frequently hurling slurs—and sometimes actual objects—at players on the field.
At Sunday’s La Liga match between Barcelona and Villarreal, Brazilian star Dani Alves fought back against a bigoted fan in the best way possible, picking up a banana that had been thrown at him and taking a bite.
After the match, he told reporters, “I don’t know who it was, but thanks to whoever threw the banana, the potassium gave me the energy for the two crosses which led to a goal.”
He also posted the following tweet about the incident, which translates roughly as, “My dad always told me a boy who eats bananas avoids cramps, who would have guessed this?”
Em meio a tanta tristeza, vem na mente umas palavras de alguém que tem um dom diferente e especial, um… http://t.co/J2XhZJIJ2q
— Daniel Alves (@DaniAlvesD2) April 27, 2014
Well played, Dani. Well played.
[via Business Insider]