Villarreal fined over banana thrown at Barcelona defender Alves

Barcelona defender Dani Alves had a banana thrown at him by a Villarreal supporter last month. 

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The Spanish league’s disciplinary committee has fined Villarreal 12,000 euros ($16,000) for a fan racially taunting Dani Alves by throwing a banana at him.

The incident happened during Barcelona’s 3-2 win at Villarreal on April 27 when Alves, who is black, picked up the banana thrown by 26-year-old David Campayo Lleo, bit off a piece and then discarded it.

Alves’ actions led to social media support from fellow players, celebrities and politicians who posed for photos with bananas.