Brazilian soccer player Dani Alves shrugged off a racist jester with good humor while playing a game in Villarreal, Spain, on Sunday.
According to CNN, Alves, who plays for Barcelona, good-naturedly picked up a banana that a Villarreal fan threw at him during the game and took a big bite of the fruit before continuing on with his game—in one flawless move.
“We have suffered this in Spain for some time,” Alves told The Guardian. “You have to take it with a dose of humor. We aren’t going to change things easily. If you don’t give it importance, they don’t achieve their objective.”
Villarreal found the person responsible for the racist attack, saying in a statement on Monday that it “deeply regrets” the actions and banned the person from the El Madrigal Stadium for life, CNN reports.
Barcelona also stood by Alves’ hilarious actions, stating “complete support and solidarity with our first team player Dani Alves, following the insults he was subject to from a section of the crowd at El Madrigal on Sunday during the game against Villarreal.”
“FC Barcelona accepts that the perpetrators of these insults are in no way connected to Villarreal and we value very positively the support the club offered to our player. The club’s immediate condemnation of the incidents is a step in the right direction to firstly isolate and then eradicate completely from the sporting arena this kind of behavior,” the club added, the Bleacher Report notes.
Alves tweeted a bit about the incident afterward, continuing to laugh it off, saying that his father often told him to eat bananas so that he wouldn’t get cramps.
His candid move sparked an Internet sensation, with supporters tweeting pictures of themselves with bananas and hash tagging them #WeAreAllMonkeys #NoToRacism.
Italian soccer player Mario Balotelli, who knows first hand how cruel it can get on the soccer field, posted a picture of himself on Instagram eating a banana as well with the same hashtags.