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SBD Global/April 29, 2014/International Football
Barcelona's Alves Receives Wave Of Support Across Social Media Following Racist Incident
Published April 29, 2014
UEFA UNABLE TO ACT: In London, Giuseppe Muro reported UEFA on Monday confirmed that it is "down to" the RFEF to punish Villarreal. UEFA will not "open disciplinary proceedings against Villarreal because the game falls under Spanish FA regulations." A UEFA spokesperson said, "It falls under the national association’s regulations. They will take action, if needed, according to their own regulations." The incident is the "latest in a worrying line of racism cases in Spanish football." Real Madrid defender Marcelo was "subjected to racist abuse" from Atlético Madrid fans earlier this season. Supporters also "targeted Italy forward Mario Balotelli at Euro 2012" (EVENING STANDARD, 4/28).
SOCIAL MEDIA SUPPORT: In Barcelona, Ángel Pérez Serrano wrote "from the exact instant when Alves grabbed the banana and ate it, displays of disgust toward the individual who threw the banana were unleashed on social media and on the majority of sports websites throughout the world." Many "echoed each other and condemned the racist action" (MUNDO DEPORTIVO, 4/28). In London, David Kent reported Alves received support from "Premier League players including Sergio Aguero, David Luiz, Oscar, Willian, Nacer Chadli and Moussa Dembele." Other figures inside and outside football who posted messages and pictures on social media in support of Alves included TV presenter Marilo Montero, Zenit St. Petersburg's Hulk and Liverpool's Luis Suarez, among others (DAILY MAIL, 4/28).