SPAIN’S sports minister has slammed the paltry €12,000 fine given to the Villarreal fan who threw a banana at Brazilian footballer Dani Alves as too lenient.
This comes as UEFA is demanding action be taken against racism in Spanish football, following two recent incidents involving fans in La Liga matches.
First Barcelona’s Dani Alves caused a widespread anti-racism campaign after picking up and eating a banana thrown at him.
Then Levante’s Senegalese midfielder Pape Diop was subjected to monkey chants by Atletico Madrid fans, which he responded to by dancing.
Sports minister Miguel Cardenal said about the fine: “We think it is a situation that demands a stronger penalty. We need to send a stronger message to the public.
“We must always have zero tolerance and fight against racism with all our powers.”
In an online poll, 81% of Olive Press readers agreed that Spain has a problem with racism.