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Racism comment overplayed: Alves

sports Updated: Feb 10, 2011 19:53 IST
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Barcelona's Brazilian defender Dani Alves says a newspaper report overplayed his complaints about racism among Spanish football fans.

In an interview with Brazil daily Folha de Sao Paulo on Tuesday, he had been quoted saying that he had to live with racism in every game.

"They insult me, they call me monkey," he reportedly said.

But Spanish media said Alves played down the comment when he spoke to the press in Paris after the Brazil-France friendly on Wednesday, which France won 1-0.

"They magnified my answer. The insults come from a minority of the fans," Alves was quoted as telling El Pais.

Alves has reportedly rejected Barcelona's latest offer to extend his contract which runs out in June next year.

He turned down the chance to extend until 2015 that would have placed him at the same salary level as teammates such as captain Carles Puyol, the sports daily Mundo Deportivo said last month.

Alves came to Barcelona from Sevilla in 2008.