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29 April 2014 [15:45] - Today.Az

Villarreal have issued a lifetime ban to the fan who threw a banana at Dani Alves during Sunday night's clash against Barça at El Madrigal, having identified him using CCTV footage.

The supporter in question could yet face further punishment from Spain's Anti-Violence Commission, which is bidding to stamp out racist behaviour in sport.

The club have released the following statement outlining the decision:

"Villarreal CF would like to make it clear that the club deeply regrets and condemns the incident that happened yesterday during the match against FC Barcelona in which a fan threw an object onto the pitch at El Madrigal. Thanks to the security forces and the invaluable assistance of the Villarreal faithful, the club has already identified the culprit and has decided to withdraw his season tickets and issue a lifetime ban barring him from accessing El Madrigal.

"Once again our club would like to express its firm commitment to promoting respect, equality, sportsmanship and fair play both on and off the pitch and our absolute rejection of any act that is contrary to these principles, such as violence, discrimination, racism and xenophobia".