#WeAreAllMonkeys

Neymar and Hulk show solidarity with Dani Alves by eating bananas

• Players lend support after racist abuse of Brazil defender
• 'We are all monkeys, we are all the same. Say no to Racism'

 
The world of football has rallied around the Barcelona defender Dani Alves after he took a stand against racist abuse by eating a banana thrown at him during Sunday's 3-2 victory over Villarreal.

The Brazil full-back was preparing to take a corner at El Madrigal stadium when the banana landed on the pitch next to him and he responded by eating it. Having complained afterwards that "it has been the same for 11 years" since he moved to Spain, his Barça and Brazil team-mate Neymar and Manchester City's Sergio Agüero were two of the players to publish pictures on social media in solidarity.
 
 
 
Vocabulary:

to lend support -

a defender -

to rally around -

to take a stand against stg -

to land -

a (football) pitch -

afterwards (≠ beforehand) -

to get in on the act -

to clutch stg -

fellow (Brazilian) -

utterly (adv) -

a berk -

disdain (n) -

to turn into -

pigs will fly before  (idiom) -

an issue -

a referee -

a match report -

to punish -

to release a statement -

to be subject to stg -

a crowd -

to take to Twitter -

an outrage (n) / outrageous (adj) -



 
 What do you think the Spanish should do to combat racism in sport?
 
 
 

Comments

Roberto said…
I´m telling you!.We are all apes!.We are intelligent monkeys!(well,sometimes not so intelligent,like the guy who throws the banana).Maybe racism is a cultural problem,I don´t know...The real fact is that stupidity is everywere!.
Graham said…
Roberto, you are right. Racism and stupidity is everywhere.

But just like with doping, I think Spain doesn't take the issue of racism in sport seriously.



Roberto said…
Yes,I agree... But nobody is interested in do it seriously,because(at least in football),there´s too much money,power,and votes,involved inside.
Graham said…
Roberto,

Nobody is interested in taking it seriously...

I don't think it has anything to do with all the money and power in football. It's just that people don't see the problem.
Roberto said…
I mean,millions of people are obsessed with football.All these people are millions of potential votes...sometimes there´s a relationship between some politicians and certain football clubs.Some clubs helps to the parties giving money to the election campaigns.I think that´s the reason because politicians are so "carefully" with the football.
Roberto said…
Sorry,I wanted to say "that´s the reason because politicians are careful with football"
José said…
Hey Graham

I agree with both, the Racism shames us. It´s outrageous. The worst is that anyone does nothing in sport, that´s the screen where children learn. To thrown a banana at El Madrigal stadium is enough to close it twelve months. If the Villarreal team had lost money wouldn´t have permited another racism abuse, but they said that this ruffian won´t came to stadium. But everyone knows that this swine will turn into another person with dress, dark glasses, false hair and another make up. Then, this filthy man will can come, again, to stadium.

Thomas Hobbes, English Philosopher (sorry Graham), said: “Man is wolf to man”. -Homo homini lupus (In latin)-. I don´t agree with him, but somebody insists on yes.

See you. José.
Graham said…
Roberto,

Do you really think it would be a vote loser if politicians and football clubs got tough with racism?


I should have said....
Graham said…
José,

Forget Prepositions of Place. Your real problem is with articles (a, the or ∅). There are posts and linked exercises in the blog.


Racism shames us. It´s outrageous. The worst thing is that anyone does nothing in sport, that´s the screen where children learn. (I don't understand what you mean)

To throw a banana at El Madrigal stadium is enough to close it down for twelve months. If the Villarreal team had lost money, they wouldn´t have permitted another case of racism abuse, but they said that this ruffian won´t be allowed back into stadium. But everyone knows that this swine will disguise himself by wearing different clothes, dark glasses, a wig and make up. Then, this filthy man will enter the stadium again.

... “Man is wolf to man”. -Homo homini lupus (In latin)-. I don´t agree with him, but some people insist that it is true.


ruffian? swine? Perfectly correct but a bit old-fashioned... :-))))


Roberto said…
Not only votes,but money too...A lot of people of some supporter groups like "Ultra Sur" have racist ideas.For some reason,the Football Clubs are not interested in take seriously the problem,and those clubs support with money the political campains.Then,what do you think is the real cause?
José said…
Hey Graham

When I said "the screen where children learn", I meant that sport and football especially, are ways by everyone learns and the children stare it with much attention. Usually, they can watch this theme on tv or on computer, by its screen. It´s necessary pay attention in education of the children by the media.

I think the companies and the Government should use the fight against racism to get votes and money. If people had felt shamed with the act from El Madrigal, they would have ordered and demanded more punishment to this berk, but there is not culture of respect to other. Instead of call for a demonstration, they make a knowing smile. The Government and the companies do nothins about, because Spanish society doesn´t require. In any case, I think that the Government should establish stronger punishments.

See you.
Graham said…
Roberto,

I think that politicians and football don't do anything to sort out the problem because they don't believe it's a serious one.


Football Clubs are not interested in taking the problem seriously...


I didn't know that football clubs could give money to political parties.

Aren't they funded through the taxpayer?

Can companies and businessmen give money to parties? Are there any rules about how much and from whom parties can receive money?


Apart from the Barcenas saga, I've never heard this subject talked about in the media.

It'd be interesting to know where funds to political parties come from.


Graham said…
Hey José!

What's up man? :-))))

I totally agree with you on this one.


When I said "the screen where children learn", I meant that sport and football especially, are ways by which everyone learns and the children stare at it / are glued to it.

They can usually watch football on TV or on a computer, via its screen. It´s necessary to pay attention to the education of children through the media.

I think companies and the Government should use the fight against racism to get votes and money.

If people had felt ashamed about the act at El Madrigal, they would have ordered and demanded more punishment for this berk, but there is no culture of respect for each other.

Instead of calling for a demonstration, they give a knowing smile. The Government and companies do nothing about it, because Spanish society doesn´t require it. In any case, I think that the Government should establish stronger punishments.


Well done José!

Roberto said…
I´m not an expert,but I know that political parties are funded in part through the taxpayer,in part through the affiliates,but according with most politicians,this is not enough to their campains(more money,more posibilities to win).Companies and Football Clubs couldn´t give money to political parties,so they do undercover "donations",in exchange for some "favors".That´s the reason because both Parties and Companies,are not interested in talk too much about the subject.I think all the political system is corrupt in itself.
Graham said…
Roberto,

I maintain that our style of politics is a reflection of the kind of society we are.

How can we expect our politicians to be any different from us?


...,in part through affiliates,but according to most politicians,this is not enough for their campaigns(more money,more possibilities to win).

Companies and Football Clubs can't give money to political parties,so they make undercover "donations",in exchange for some "favors".That´s the reason why both Parties and Companies,are not that interested in talking about the subject.

I think the whole political system is corrupt in itself.

Roberto said…
Yes,I agree...politicians are a reflection of the society.
Anonymous said…
Racism is everywhere, whether we like it or not, and it is terrible how easily could be shown. Nevertheless, we can see here how sport has the hability to brings out the best in people, and not only the worst. While the spectator who threw the banana to discredit the player was showing his bad manners, his partners were becoming great role models with their actions in social media, which showed respect and how to deal politely with the critics.
On top of that, I think that the football fan should have been punished, because anyone should accept that behavior. According to the following question: How could Spain fight against racism? I would love to know it, but I am far away from the solution. I hope in some years we don't have to see that kind of actions that not only are shameful for the Spanish citizens but for everybody else.

Cristina Jaurrieta
Graham said…
Hi Cristina!

F***!!! I finished writing your reply but somehow I managed to lose it. So here I go again...


I think you make a very good point. Instead of focusing on the racist, perhaps we should highlight the reaction of the majority to this kind of behaviour.


Racism is everywhere, whether we like it or not, and it is terrible how easily it can be found. Nevertheless, we can see here how sport has the ability to bring out the best in people, and not only the worst. While the spectator who threw the banana to discredit the player was showing his bad manners (I think you are being a bit too lenient with your words here), his partners were becoming great role models with their actions in social media, which showed respect and how to deal politely with the critics.

On top of that, I think that the football fan should have been punished, because no-one should accept that behaviour.

As for the following question: How could Spain fight against racism? I would love to know how, but I am far away from the solution. I hope in some years we don't have to see that kind of actions that are not only shameful for Spanish citizens but for everybody else too. (Here we don't use Negative Inversion because the sentence doesn't begin with "not only"...)


See you tomorrow!