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Man who threw banana at Roberto Carlos says he did it out of anger, not racism

Brooks Peck
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The Russian fan who threw a banana at Roberto Carlos back in June -- the second banana incident involving the Brazilian during his time with Anzhi -- has been apprehended and confessed to the police, but he claims he didn't do it out of racist intent, just general fury. Even though the incident resulted in a $10,630 fine for Krylya Sovetov after it was ruled to be a racist gesture by the Russian football association and caused the Roberto Carlos to walk off the pitch during the match.

From RIA Novosti:

"The person who threw it was arrested with the help of surveillance cameras. He has confessed to the act," Goldshtein said.

The spokesman added the man would not face any punishment over the incident.

"In his words, he did not want to offend the footballer and threw the banana out of anger and it landed close to Roberto Carlos by chance."

"The man said that he respects Roberto Carlos a lot and asks for his forgiveness. There were no racist motives behind his act."

First of all, how many people bring bananas to football matches without planning on doing something racist with them? And second, who is this guy, Donkey Kong? Who gets angry and starts throwing bananas around?

Implausible as it might be, his excuse still worked since the police believed him and let him go without punishment.

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