The supporters at Estadio El Madrigal, shown above observing a moment of silence for late former Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova, will be without the one fan who threw a banana at Dani Alves on Sunday. (David Ramos/Getty Images)
The Villarreal fan who threw a banana at Barcelona defender Dani Alves Sunday has been identified and banned from Estadio El Madrigal, the club announced on Monday.
The incident took place in Sunday's come-from-behind, 3-2 Barcelona victory. In the 76th minute, with Barcelona trailing 2-1, Alves was lining up for a corner kick, when the banana landed within close proximity to the corner flag. Alves, picked it up, took a bite, and took the corner kick. Two minutes later, his cross resulted in an equalizing own goal, and Lionel Messi's 83rd-minute heroics kept Barcelona alive in the title race.
In a statement, Villarreal writes:
Villarreal CF wants to communicate that the club deeply regrets and condemns the incident that happened yesterday during the match against FC Barcelona in which a fan threw an object onto the field of El Madrigal. Thanks to the security forces and the invaluable assistance of the Yellow crowd, the club has already identified the author and has decided to withdraw his season tickets, permanently banning his access to El Madrigal stadium.
Once again our club would like to express its firm commitment to promoting respect, equality, sportsmanship and fair play both on and off the field and our absolute rejection of any act that is contrary to these principles, such as violence, discrimination, racism and xenophobia.
In case you missed the incident Sunday watch below: