Banana Selfies: The Best Possible Answer To Soccer Racism To Date

by
Fatimah Mazhar
April 29, 2014: Daniel Alves receives worldwide support in the form of banana selfies.

Daniel Alves, an offensive right back who plays for FC Barcelona, was recently the target of a racist taunt on the field of play.

However, he dealt with it in the best possible way and now the whole world is getting behind him by posting “banana selfies” on the internet.

The incident happened when the Brazilian soccer player went to take a corner in Barcelona's away clash with Villarreal on Sunday night. As Alves was about to kick the ball, a banana came flying towards him.

Bananas being thrown at players of African descent are still a regular sight in European football.

Alvez spotted the fruit and without even thinking for a second, picked up the banana, peeled it, and ate it right there and then.

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After the match, his teammate, Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior posted a selfie with his kid, using the hashtags #somostodosmacacos, or #weareallmonkeys.

"We are all monkeys, we are all the same, say no to racism," Neymar wrote on his Twitter feed with a picture of him holding a peeled banana, one of a number of high-profile players who expressed their support.

Soon enough, it became a trending topic after similar photos from peace-lovers all over the world began coming in.

“Banana Selfies”

Even Roberto Carlos ! #BananaParty #weareallmonkeys #SayNoToRacism pic.twitter.com/dSdqAu7Bcq

“Banana Selfies”

“Banana Selfies”

According to Reuters:

“Barca earlier pledged their complete support and solidarity with Alves and referred to insults he was subject to from a section of the crowd.”

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