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Football: Uefa blasts banana, monkey abuse in Spain

Published on May 6, 2014 6:19 AM
 
Atletico Madrid fans cheer during the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg football match between Chelsea and Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge in London on April 30, 2014. European football’s governing body Uefa on Monday blasted racist attacks in Spain and called for action after fans subjected foreign players to monkey taunts and banana-throwing. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

MADRID (AFP) - European football’s governing body Uefa on Monday blasted racist attacks in Spain and called for action after fans subjected foreign players to monkey taunts and banana-throwing.

Spain’s Football League followed suit and warned of sanctions for racist behaviour, while announcing compulsory training for all its member clubs to avoid a repeat of the same behaviour.

Just a week after a fan threw a banana at Barcelona’s Brazilian defender Dani Alves, another player, Levante’s Senegalese midfielder Pape Diop, was subjected to monkey taunts on Sunday.

“Uefa and its president Michel Platini strongly condemn all forms of discrimination including recent racist behaviour of fans in Spain,” Platini’s spokesman Pedro Pinto said in a message on Twitter.

 
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