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Villarreal said they had identified the fan who threw the banana, withdrawn his club membership and permanently banned him from their ground.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