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FIFPro will call on UEFA to ensure that stricter sanctions are implemented for racist incidents and enforced by the leagues and federations.

FIFPro Division Europe President (and PFA England Deputy Chief Executive) Bobby Barnes stated: "The nominal fine imposed by the Spanish football association (RFEF) to Villarreal for an incident involving a fan throwing a banana at Brazilian international Dani Alves does not send out a strong enough message from the authorities to the racist element."

Villarreal have been fined 12,000 euros ($16,700) by the RFEF after a fan had thrown a banana at Barcelona's Dani Alves during their La Liga match at El Madrigal on April 27th. A few days after the incident Villarreal had responded by banning the supporter for life.

Barnes added: "Sanctions are in place to tackle racist and discriminatory behaviour in stadiums. Whilst we appreciate the club have placed a lifetime ban on the supporter in question, more work must be done at club level in Europe as a whole and Spain in this instance. We are a global game with international competitions, the Champions League being the pinnacle and standards need to be maintained to support all players."