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Football: Spanish police arrest Alves banana thrower, Villarreal ban him for life

Published on Apr 30, 2014 11:00 PM
 
Barcelona's Dani Alves and Villarreal's Giovani Dos Santos fight for the ball during their Spanish first division soccer match at the Madrigal stadium in Villarreal, on April 27, 2014. Spanish police have detained the Villarreal supporter who threw a banana on the pitch Alves on Sunday and charged him with a "breach of fundamental rights and civil liberties". -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

(REUTERS) - Spanish police have detained the Villarreal supporter who threw a banana on the pitch near Barcelona defender Daniel Alves on Sunday and charged him with a "breach of fundamental rights and civil liberties".

Images of Alves, a Brazil international, picking up the banana and taking a bite during the La Liga match were beamed around the world and he was widely backed by fellow players and other public figures who denounced the apparent racist taunt.

A 26-year-old man was taken into custody on Tuesday evening before being charged and released and would be appearing before a judge at a yet-to-be-determined date, a police spokesman said on Wednesday.

Villarreal announced they had given the supporter a life ban but Alves, who has criticised the level of racism in Spain before, felt it was not enough.

 
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