Soccer community reacts to Donald Sterling's lifetime NBA ban

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NBA commissioner Adam Silver issued a lifetime ban to LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling in the aftermath of a racism controversy. (Kathy Willens/AP)

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Racism continues to be a hot-button issue in soccer, especially in the aftermath of the incident involving Barcelona's Dani Alves in a game at Villarreal this past weekend. With the news of NBA commissioner Adam Silver issuing a lifetime ban to LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling after his recent racist comments, a wide array of soccer players, personalities and fans took to social media and reacted accordingly.

Below is a sampling of how some players -- some who have been subjected to on-field racism, like USA star Jozy Altidore and Ghana's Kevin-Prince Boateng -- and journalists in the soccer community felt about the ruling and Sterling's remarks, including many making the inevitable comparison between the NBA and FIFA, urging FIFA and soccer organizations around the world to react with the same zero-tolerance policy:

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