Brazilian soccer player Daniel Alves says he deals with racism at almost every one of the matches he plays with La Liga franchise FC Barcelona. The Associated Press reports that futbol fans regularly subject the 27-year-old defender to racial insults, including “monkey.”
"Unfortunately, I have learned how to live with it," he told to the Brazilian Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper. "Every match the crowd goes after me. They insult me, call me monkey."
He was shocked with the insensitivity when he first moved to Spain in 2002, but now ignores it for his own mental health.
"I don't give it a lot of importance. I think you are only offended if you make a big deal about it," Alvez said. "My family gets sad, they complain, but I try to distance myself from it."
After his revelation, Spain’s leading newspaper El País approached him after a friendly match Brazil played against France in Paris.
"They magnified my answer. The insults come from a minority of the fans," Alves insisted.
No matter how many people participated, such blatant racism from spectators is totally unacceptable! Perhaps this is behind Alves’ rejection of FC Barcelona’s recent offer to extend his contract through 2015? His current contract expires in June 2012.