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Racism in Spanish football

Updated 1110 GMT (1910 HKT) May 7, 2014
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Last Sunday, Levante's Papakouli Diop became the latest player to complain of racist abuse in a Spanish football stadium. The Senegalese claimed he was subjected to racist chants during Levante's win over Atletico Madrid. He responded by dancing in front of his alleged abusers. Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images/file
The incident comes just one week after Barcelona's Dani Alves ate a banana that was thrown at him during a match against Villarreal. David Ramos/Getty Images/file
Alves' gesture sparked a wave of support on social media. His Brazil and Barcelona teammate Neymar posted a picture of himself eating a banana accompanied by the hashtag #weareallmonkeys. JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images
Ghana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng was subjected to racist abuse while playing for AC Milan in a January 2013 friendly against lower league Pro Patria. He reacted by walking off the pitch, earning support from across the world. Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images
The incident led to world football's governing body FIFA introducing a raft of new anti-racism sanctions. After the incident involving Alves, FIFA president Sepp Blatter tweeted: "What Dani Alves tolerated last night is an outrage. We must fight all forms of discrimination united. Will be zero tolerance at World Cup." EZEQUIEL BECERRA/AFP/Getty Images