Feyenoord fans throw inflatable banana at Roma's Gervinho

Thursday February 26th, 2015

Feyenoord fans threw a large inflatable banana in the direction of AS Roma's Ivorian striker Gervinho during Thursday's Europa League match. 


Fan behavior was reportedly an issue throughout the first half of the match and eventually prompted a brief suspension of play. 

Adem Ljajic scored in the first minute of first-half stoppage time to give Roma a 1-0 lead and was subjected to abuse from the Dutch fans. 

The referee warned Feyenoord that the game would be called off if there was another racist incident, according to Italian reporter Tancredi Palmeri.

• Andrea Pirlo out three weeks with calf injury

Before the first leg of the matchup last week, 23 Feyenoord fans were arrested in Rome after violent clashes with police. The fans permanently damaged a 400-year-old fountain.

Feyenoord was sanctioned by EUFA in August for racist fan behavior in a match against Besiktas in July, when Feyenoord supporters chanted a racist insult at the visiting Turkish club. 

• Greek soccer matches suspended indefinitely due to violence

- Dan Gartland

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