Dani Alves: “Racism is ingrained in Spanish football”12 February 2011

The Brazil right-back Daniel Alves has told Spanish newspaper Marca that he has been the victim of racism throughout his time in Spain with Barcelona.

In an interview the 27-year-old described how he had been called a 'monkey' by fans of Barca's rivals at many grounds in Spain.

“Sadly, I've learnt to live with it,” he said while preparing for Brazil's friendly against France in Paris on Wednesday.

“At first I was quite shocked, but now I live with it in all the matches. They insult me, they call me monkey,” said Alves, who has established himself as one of Barcelona's key players since joining them from Sevilla in 2008.

“The fans do it, the players are against it […] My family are unhappy, they complain but I try to distance myself from it. I consider those people uneducated and don't give them importance.”
Alves, from a poor background in the north-eastern interior of Brazil, regretted that this situation is out of control despite the efforts of La Liga to sanction fans for racist behaviour. Racism, he said, “is uncontrollable. It will never stop. “

Alves, 27, said his next personal goal is the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil. “I will work as best as possible in the next few years to make it to Mundia. In the last World Cup I did a spectacular job, but lacked finish it off with the title,” said the Brazilian international.