Villarreal have been slapped with a heavy fine after a supporter threw a banana at Barcelona's Dani Alves. Photo: Lluis Gene

Madrid – The Spanish league’s disciplinary committee has fined Villarreal 12 000 euros ($16 000) for a fan racially taunting Dani Alves by throwing a banana at him.

The incident happened during Barcelona’s 3-2 win at Villarreal on April 27 when Alves, who is black, picked up the banana thrown by 26-year-old David Campayo Lleo, bit off a piece and then discarded it.

Alves’ actions led to social media support from fellow players, celebrities and politicians who posed for photos with bananas. – Sapa-AP