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Alves Racially Abused By Real Fans

Dani Alves has spoken out about the racial abuse he received during Barcelona’s Copa del Rey match against Real Madrid last night.

During the 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu, racist chanting towards Brazilian international Alves was heard at least twice.

The first instance of the disgusting chanting came when Alves had a run-in with Real players Alvaro Arbeloa and Xabi Alonso during the first half.

The second disgraceful incident occurred when Alves received a yellow card for fouling Cristiano Ronaldo with 20 minutes left to play.

It is not the first time Alves has been the victim of racist abuse in Spain, and he has previously suggested racism will never be eradicated from Spanish football.

Last night the racism was avoided by both Barca and Real after the match.

But Alves took to Twitter to reveal his anger.

"Great work from my team, a pity [about] the result and even bigger pity still the racists you find in some places," he tweeted. "But I am happy as I am. Thanks."  

It remains to be seen if Los Blancos will be punished for the archaic behaviour of a small group of their fans.

Although considering how entrenched prejudice appears to be in certain segments of Spanish culture, a censure of the country’s football champions hardly seems likely. 

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