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
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