Chelsea & Spurs stars show support for Dani Alves

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Football stars from around the world have come out in support of Dani Alves after he was racially abused during Barcelona's 3-2 over Villarreal last night.

The full-back played a key part in Barcelona's comeback from 2-0 down to claim a much-needed 3-2 win, with Lionel Messi's late goal securing all three points.

However the game was marred by a fan who threw a banana at the Alves while he was taking a corner - although he earned plaudits for picking up the banana and taking a bite before going on to provide assists for two goals in Barcelona's dramatic comeback.

The incident has sparked a response from fans and players around the world, led by the likes of Alves' Barcelona team-mate Neymar, who posted a picture of him eating a banana along with his son holding a banana toy.

Now stars from Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester City have got in on the act to show their support for Alves and to help raise awareness of racism in football.

Chelsea's David Luiz posted a picture on his Instagram page of himself alongside Willian and Oscar - all international team-mates of Willian, holding a banana, while Tottenham star's Nacer Chadli and Mousa Dembele also joined in.

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero also got in on the act, posing alongside Brazilian women's football star Marta while eating a banana. 

Following the incident Barcelona, who are in mourning following the death of former manager Tito Vilanova last week, said in a statement that they would be doing all they can to make sure similar incidents do not happen again.

The statement read: "FC Barcelona would like to underline the civil, cultural, social and sporting importance of two messages which UEFA remind us of before every game: Respect and No to Racism.

"FC Barcelona wishes to express its 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 behaviour.

"FC Barcelona reiterates its support for UEFA’s message of Respect and No to Racism and urges all clubs to continue fighting against the blight on the game which any kind of aggression against a sportsperson on the basis of their race represents.'

Along with stars from Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester City, Zenit St.Petersburg striker Hulk also posted a picture showing his support for Alves.

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