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Manchester City And Imre Varadi Were Right: Don’t Blame The Banana For Racism In Football

by | 28th, April 2014

CHUCKING banana skins and grunting like a monkey are things of history in British football. Over in Spain, racism is more prevalent. Last night, Barcelona’s Dani Alves fielded a banana tossed from the crowd at Villarreal’s Estadio El Madrigal and ate it.



He didn’t even pick off the black and stringy bits. He just peeled and ate it, in a move that mocked both the mentally negligible fool who’d tossed it and the threat of indigestion.  To put the tin lid on Alves’ sweet revenge, Barcelona came from 2-0 down to beat Villarreal 3-2. Said Alves:

“I don’t know who threw the banana but I want to thank him as it gave me the energy to put two more crosses in for our goals.”

Bang! All power to him.

But let us not race to blame the banana for the idiot. It did not slip from his grasp. He tossed it. The fool in the stands intended to upset Alves, to accuse him of being a banana eater and thus something sub-human.


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True enough to say that we not know the full facts. Perhaps the fool in the stands works for the mango marketing board, or is part of a drive to steer Spaniards away from imported fruits to native oranges? Perhaps it just slipped from his grasp with a “whoooip” whistle?

Most likely, the banana tosser is merely a racist, an arcane strata of sub-humanity.

It’s a great pity these idiots always pick on bananas, which have for ages been objects of fun and laughter:



Many of us see bananas as objects of fun.

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Manchester City fans took the fruit to their hearts. In the late 1980s, City’s Maine Road was a haven for inflatable bananas.

The craze for taking inflatables to football grounds is said to have been trigged by one Frank Newton, a Manchester City fan who attended a match against Plymouth Argyle in 1987 with a single inflatable banana:

Frank decided to remove

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