30 Apr '14, 11am

Spanish police arrest spectator suspected of hurling a banana at Barcelona's Brazilian defender Dani Alves

Spanish police said Wednesday they have laid criminal charges against a football fan for throwing a banana at Barcelona defender Dani Alves, a slur that has sparked a global storm of anti-racist protest. The Spanish authorities arrested the young man Tuesday, two days after the ugly incident put racism in Spanish football under a harsh spotlight, unleashing condemnation worldwide including from Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and FIFA president Sepp Blatter. The suspect, who has been named and pilloried on social media but has not been identified by the authorities, was charged on the same day with an offence against civil rights and liberties before being released, a police spokeswoman said. If found guilty, he could face a sentence of up to three years in prison. The banana landed on the pitch near the 30-year-old Brazilian international as he was about to take a corn...

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BARCELONA: A storm over racism in Spanish football erupted on Monday after a fan threw a banana at Barcelona full-back Dan...