Arsenal: German tourist threw banana at Neymar

A German tourist admitted to throwing the banana that prompted

complaints of racist abuse from Brazil striker Neymar in a friendly

international against Scotland.

Arsenal, which hosted Sunday’s match at Emirates Stadium in

north London, said Tuesday that the teenager was sitting with

Brazil fans when he threw the banana toward Neymar as he celebrated

his second goal in Brazil’s 2-0 win.

The club did not give the culprit’s identity and Arsenal said

there was no sinister motive behind the incident.

”The Metropolitan Police is satisfied there was no racist

intent and have confirmed that no further action will be taken,”

Arsenal said in a statement.

The banana – a fruit sometimes hurled by racist fans at black

players – was thrown from the North Stand and landed next to a

huddle of Brazil players as they celebrated Neymar’s 77th-minute

penalty with the 19-year-old striker.

The incident had prompted Neymar to suggest jeers he received

from Scottish fans had been racially motivated.

Scotland fans and the Scottish Football Association always

denied accusations of racism, and were backed by the officer in

charge of policing the match.

The 11,500 members of the Scotland Supporters Club attending the

match were located in the South Stand, and the SFA said it wrote to

the Brazilian football federation to express their unhappiness at

the accusation of racism on the part of their fans.

Supporters did jeer Neymar for much of the match, but only after

they thought he had feigned injury following an apparently

innocuous first-half clash with Scotland midfielder Scott

Brown.

Neymar’s on-field treatment held up play and he was then slow in

making his way to the sidelines as the referee tried to restart

play.