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Barca defender Dani Alves won praise for the way in which he kept his head when a fan threw a banana onto the pitch near him during the team's clash against Villareal on Sunday night. Photo: Josep Lago

Madrid – Spanish police said on Wednesday they had arrested a spectator suspected of hurling a banana at Barcelona’s Brazilian defender Dani Alves, a slur that sparked a worldwide anti-racist uproar.

“The person has been detained,” a police spokesman told AFP without giving further details.

A fan threw a banana onto the pitch near the 30-year-old Brazilian international as he was about to take a corner during Barcelona’s away match against Villareal on Sunday night.

Alves won praise for his reaction, picking up the banana to take a bite before getting on with the game and setting up a goal in Barcelona’s dramatic come-from-behind 3-2 victory.

The incident sparked worldwide indigation, with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and Fifa president Sepp Blatter joining the anti-racist condemnation.

Villarreal said they had identified the fan who threw the banana, withdrawn his club membership and permanently banned him from their ground. – Sapa-AFP


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