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Spectator throws banana at soccer player in racist taunt — so he eats it

Barcelona's Dani Alves gestures during a news conference at Joan Gamper training camp, near Barcelona March 31, 2014. (REUTERS/Albert Gea)

MADRID — Barcelona fullback Dani Alves produced the perfect riposte to a racist taunt when taking a corner kick during his team’s 3-2 win at Villareal, Spain, on Sunday.

The Brazil native casually picked up a banana thrown from the terraces onto the field, peeled it and shoved it in his mouth in one fluid motion before tossing away the peel and completing the kick.

The 30-year-old complained of racial abuse last year after being taunted by monkey chants from sections of the crowd during a King's Cup semi-final at Real Madrid and labeled Spain's efforts to tackle the problem a “lost war.”

European soccer has long been blighted by racist incidents by fans and their leagues criticised for not doing enough to stamp them out.

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