Soccer star does dance in response to monkey taunts

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Levante midfielder Papakouli Diop responded to racist chants from opposing Atletico fans by dancing.

The incident occurred towards the conclusion of Levante’s stunning 2-0 victory over Atletico.

After being taunted with monkey chants, the Senegalese player decided to dance.

They called me monkey, and I turned and imitated a monkey,” Diop said during a post-game press conference, reports Marca. “I’m tired of racism in football. And there’s a lot.”

Diop told AS that “the incident affected me a lot. I went to take a corner, and part of the Atletico fans began to make ‘monkey noises.’ To take the sting out of it, I began to dance, but I did not insult anyone.”

Diop’s response comes just one week after Barcelona’s Dani Alves picked up and ate a banana that landed at his feet during a corner kick.

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“We have suffered this in Spain for some time,” Alves said. “You have to take it with a dose of humor. We aren’t going to change things easily.”

FIFA President Sepp Blatter took to his Twitter account last week to condemn the racist behavior.

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