Saturday, November 29, 2014   

(Football) Alves wants leniency for 'banana' fan
(05-05 11:52)

Brazilian-born Barcelona defender Daniel Alves said Sunday he wanted some leniency for the Spanish fan banned for throwing a banana near him during a game.
"There does have to be a punishment, but I don't believe in paying evil with evil,'' Alves told broadcaster Globo, AFP reports.
"People have to educate. You can't do it in this way,'' said Alves, after Liga outfit Villarreal last week handed a life ban to the fan who threw the fruit.
Alves won widespread credit for his cool response -- he simply peeled the fruit and ate it before taking a corner.
The response won acclaim, with even Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff tweeting her admiration for "a daring and strong response'' to an incidence of racism.
"It is the strong who forgive,'' Alves said.
He indicated he would be unhappy to see the 26-year-old banana thrower, David Campayo, lose his livelihood if sentenced to jail time.
"He is a family man and has to support his family by some means,'' Alves told a Globo reporter in Barcelona.
His response, an attempted "intelligent response to a attack,'' came after just one of several incidents with racist overtones at Spanish matches recently.
Sunday saw another, with Levante's Senegalese midfielder Pape Diop saying he had been the subject of monkey chanting by Atletico Madrid fans.
After the Alves incident fellow athletes, including Brazil star and Barca teammate Neymar, posted pictures of themselves chomping bananas on social media sites.
The incident has since dominated media discussion in Brazil, while Neymar's PR firm launched a "We Are All Monkeys'' social media initiative to slam racism in sport.   
Other Sports breaking news:
China to push football education to raise level of game: state media (11-28 18:12)
Pele recovering in special care (11-28 11:57)
(Champions League) Arsenal advance, Liverpool keep hopes (11-27 15:12)
(NBA) Italy's Messina coaches Spurs over Pacers (11-27 14:44)
(NBA) Hawks come back to beat Wizards (11-26 15:55)
(NBA) Nuggets extend streak to five (11-26 15:54)
(NBA) Warriors beat Heat behind Curry's 40 points (11-26 15:54)
(NHL) Miller marks season's second shutout in Canucks win over Devils (11-26 15:51)
(NHL) Colorado beat Arizona in extra period (11-26 15:50)
(NHL) Predators top Kings in shootout (11-26 15:48)

More breaking news >>

© 2014 The Standard, The Standard Newspapers Publishing Ltd.
Contact Us | About Us | Newsfeeds | Subscriptions | Print Ad. | Online Ad. | Street Pts

 


Home | Top News | Local | Business | China | ViewPoint | CityTalk | World | Sports | People | Central Station | Spree | Features

The Standard

Trademark and Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014, The Standard Newspaper Publishing Ltd., and its related entities. All rights reserved.  Use in whole or part of this site's content is prohibited.   Use of this Web site assumes acceptance of the
Terms of Use, Privacy Policy Statement and Copyright Policy.  Please also read our Ethics Statement.