Paul Mortimer: Players' banana campaign is 'fantastic'

Retired Premier League player Paul Mortimer said he was "shocked but not surprised" by racist abuse shown towards FC Barcelona defender Dani Alves on Sunday, when the player had a banana thrown at him on the pitch.

Mortimer, Professional Player Engagement Manager of the sport's anti-racism group Kick It Out, described the response of players who have tweeted pictures of themselves eating bananas - echoing Alves' actions on the pitch - as "fantastic" and supportive".

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Man arrested over Barcelona banana throwing incident

Spanish Police have arrested a 26-year-old man for throwing a banana onto the pitch in a La Liga match over the weekend, according to media outlets. Barcelona's Dani Alves ate the banana and the incident sparked an online anti-racism campaign.