La Liga - Alves: Racism in Spain 'uncontrollable'

Tue, 08 Feb 18:42:00 2011

Barcelona right-back Dani Alves says racism in the Spanish game is "uncontrollable" but insists he is forcing himself to live with it.

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The Brazil defender is not the first player is the latest in a long line of players to highlight racism in Spain with former Barca forward Samuel Eto'o having spoken out about the racist chanting he received while in the country.

Alves delivers the startling revelation that he is constantly insulted and called a 'monkey', and admits that while his family are very troubled by the treatment he receives, he has learned to ignore it.

"I live with racism in every game, but I'm not offended. Fans insult me and call me 'monkey'," Alves told the Folha de Sao Paulo.

"At first I was quite shocked, but now I don't give it any importance. I have learned to live with it.

"My family is sad about it. They complain, but I try to distance myself from it. I believe these people are uneducated.

"The clubs and the league try to do some things to stop it. They try to punish the clubs, but it is uncontrollable. It will not go away."

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