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German tourist blamed for banana toss

  • Reuters, Tuesday, March 29, 2011 12:59 PM

The banana tossed on the field during Brazil's 2-0 friendly win over Scotland on Sunday came from a German tourist, Arsenal announced in a statement. Brazilian star Neymar, who scored both goals, complained after the game that he had been the target of racist abuse.

But London’s Metropolitan Police determined there was no racist intent and that no action will be taken against the fan.

“After consultation with the Metropolitan Police, Arsenal Football Club can confirm that a German teenage tourist has admitted throwing a banana onto the pitch during the Brazil vs. Scotland International Friendly at Emirates Stadium on Sunday,” Arsenal said in a statement.

“The youngster was sitting in the North Bank of Emirates Stadium, an area of the stadium which was occupied by the official allocation of tickets to Brazil supporters, when he threw the banana onto the pitch during the second half of the match.”

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