First instance was on March 24 when Roberto Carlos' new club Anzhi Makhachkala took on Zenit St. Petersburg in St. Petersburg. A racist fan thrust a half peeled banana to Roberto Carlos. Now, this sort of behavior is totally unacceptable. Are we still in the 18th century?
This raises further concern on Russia's ability to stamp out this sort of behavior in time for the FIFA 2018 World Cup.
The second instance was when Brazil was playing Scotland in a friendly at Emirates Stadium in London. A banana was thrown from the crowd which seemed to target Brazilian international, Neymar. IF this was done outside the football pitch, someone probably would've been arrested. Seems like there is a different set of rules for football fans behaving badly at stadiums.
These banana throwing incidents have no place in football. Even when the target has as outrageous a hairdo as Neymar.
Here's a video of the incident :
Come on guys. Lets all act like human beings. Civilized ones. No place for these sorts of things anywhere, be it the football field or off the field.
Incidentally, and rather unfortunately, these are not isolated instances. Real Madrid's fullback Marcelo are not spared, as was Barcelona and Inter's Samuel Eto'o. As you can see in this video, Eto'o was so upset that he wanted to leave the game. 'No mas!'
The worst thing there was, as Eto'o pointed out, the color of his skin is no different from the skin color of his opponent, Alvaro. But Eto'o was targeted because they were the away team.
Boo the opposing players all you want, but to make racist chants, monkey noises, to throw bananas (peeled and half-peeled) onto the pitch?
That deserves a straight red card.
Photo Credits :
Roberto Carlos pic : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-1369378/Russian-racism-shame-Roberto-Carlos-demands-action-banana-throwing-incident.html
Neymar pic : http://www.mirrorfootball.co.uk/news/International-friendly-Scotland-0-2-Brazil-Neymar-complains-that-banana-was-thrown-at-him-article717728.html