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Social Media Backs Dani Alves

By Brawilly @therealbrawilly

Dani Alves banana

Social media backs Dani Alves

Barcelona football club player Dani Alves, caused a social media storm after a racial incident that has seen him hailed a hero and sparked social media activism from many. Whilst the footballer was about to take a corner kick in Barcelona’s fixture against Villareal, a Villareal fan threw a banana on the pitch, a famous symbol for racism that means ‘people of color are monkeys.’ Dani Alves proceeded to pick up the banana and eat it before delivering the corner kick. The Brazilian went on to score a goal and set-up 2 others.

What transpired after the incident is pure social media trolling:

NO to Racism YES to Banana.

— 9GAG Troll Football (@9trollfootball) April 28, 2014

When life throws you a banana…

— 9GAG Troll Football (@9trollfootball) April 28, 2014

Whilst this humor was poking fun at the situation, the social media family quickly threw its weight behind Dani Alves with messages of support and an anti-racism campaign started. See below for the tweets:

What @DaniAlvesD2 tolerated last night is an outrage. We must fight all forms of discrimination united. Will be zero tolerance at #WorldCup.

— Joseph S Blatter (@SeppBlatter) April 28, 2014

Dembele and Chadli kicking racism out of football via @JoshuaWynne. #THFC

— Hotspur Related (@HotspurRelated) April 28, 2014

Utterly brilliant reaction from Alves. Treat the racist berk with complete disdain!

— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) April 27, 2014

With my colleague Marta from Brazil we say #NoToRacism. We are all equal.

— Sergio Aguero (@aguerosergiokun) April 28, 2014

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