Belfast Telegraph

It's time for racists to feel the full force of the law

Barcelona player Dani Alves rightly has been applauded for his response to the racist idiot who threw a banana at him. Alves casually peeled the fruit, ate a bit and threw it away, winning world-wide acclaim and renewing appeals for an end to such racism in sport.

The opposing club acted swiftly by banning the offending fan from the stadium for life.

More than 20 years ago a black Irish League player, Joey Cunningham, adopted the same tactic as Alves, showing up the racists for the losers that they are. But it is sad that some football followers still harbour such negative attitudes.

While it is good to pour scorn on the racists or make them a laughing stock, they must also be subjected to the full rigour of the law.

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