Bananas and monkey chants: Is racism endemic in Spanish football?

    Story highlights

    • Levante's Papakouli Diop alleges racist abuse during Sunday's match against Atletico Madrid
    • The Senegalese says he was subjected to monkey chants from Atletico fans
    • Last week Barcelona's Dani Alves ate a banana thrown at him by a fan
    • A leading anti-racism campaigner says racism is "endemic" within Spanish football
    World and European champions on the football pitch, but blighted by "endemic" racism in the stands.
    For the second week in a row, Spain is facing up to allegations of racist abusive chanting from supporters inside its football stadiums.
    Last week it was Dani Alves who took a bite out of a banana hurled towards him by a fan during Barcelona's match at Villarreal, while Sunday Levante's Papakouli Diop opted to dance in front of his abusers during a match against Atletico Madrid, who will compete in this season's UEFA Champions League final against Real Madrid later in May.
    "I was going to take a corner and some of the Atletico fans started making monkey chants," the Senegalese told reporters after Levante sealed a 2-0 win over the La Liga leaders.
    "I don't have anything against Atletico's fans," he added. "It was just a part of them who did that to me and I wanted to explain that so people can know what happened.
    "This monkey chants towards black players have to stop. And that's all."