Dani Alves responded by picking up a banana and eating it after finding himself the target of racial abuse during Barcelona's 3-2 win at Villarreal Sunday.
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A different era —
An Everton fan threw a banana at Liverpool's John Barnes in 1988, with the England international forced to kick it off the pitch.
Alves' Barcelona teammate Neymar started a social network campaign in support of his compatriot, which has been backed by a number of high-profile footballers.
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Isolated incident —
Brazil legend Pele believes the Alves incident is an isolated one. "I think if you mention that, it is ridiculous, as you have one case, and all over the world they play soccer, and you have one case," he told CNN.
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Former Tottenham player Garth Crooks has been encouraged by footballers such as Alves and Kevin-Prince Boateng taking a stance against racism. "They're all prepared to say, stop you better do something about this or I walk," he told CNN.