Barcelona defender Dani Alves eats the banana thrown at him from the crowd as an insult. (Agency Photo)
Spanish police have arrested the man who racially insulted Barcelona defender Dani Alves by throwing a banana at him, with reports claiming the perpetrator worked for Villarreal.
Police confirmed 26-year-old David Campayo Lleo was arrested, with Spanish media reporting he had been fired from his role on the coaching staff of one of the club's youth teams.
Villarreal would not confirm nor deny the reports about Campayo Lleo's role with the club when questioned about their authenticity by The Associated Press.
Villarreal has banned Campayo Lleo from the team's El Madrigal Stadium for life.
Campayo Lleo faces up to three years in prison if found guilty of charges related to racist provocation.
Alves picked up the banana and took a bite, provoking a social media campaign against racism in support of the Brazilian player.