'Banana' Racism is Storm in Teacup, Says Brazil Great Pele

Barcelona defender Daniel Alves responded to a racist taunt when a banana landed at his feet during Sunday's game at Villarreal by picking up the fruit, peeling and then eating it before proceeding to take a corner kick.

updated: May 03, 2014 13:48 IST
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Sao Paulo: Brazil legend Pele said on Friday that outrage at the throwing of a banana toward compatriot and Barcelona defender Dani Alves was a social media storm in a teacup.

Alves ate the fruit thrown on the pitch near him during a match at Villarreal and the host club banned the culprit who lobbed it for life, while the twittersphere buzzed with acclaim for the player's cool reaction.

But for Pele, speaking at an agricultural forum in the southeastern town of Riberao Preto, the incident has been blown out of proportion.

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