Soccer players and politicians join anti-racism social media frenzy

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Italian premier Matteo Renzi, left, and Italian national soccer team coach Cesare Prandelli share a banana in solidarity to Barcelona Brazilian player Dani Alves, during a ceremony in Rome, Monday, April 28, 2014. Alves, who is black, was about to take a corner in Sunday's 3-2 win at Villarreal's El Madrigal Stadium when a banana landed on the pitch in front of him. The Brazil international picked it up, peeled it and ate some of it before throwing the rest aside. After the match, Alves said humor was the best way to combat racism in sport. That sentiment has led fellow football players, officials and even political figures from around the globe to respond with solidarity by picturing themselves eating a banana. (AP Photo/Roberto Monaldo, Lapresse) ITALY OUT

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Barcelona attacker Neymar has vowed to fight racist abuse after teammate Dani Alves had a banana thrown at him during the 3-2 win over Villarreal on Sunday.

The Brazilian fullback dealt with the incident in good humor, picking up the banana and eating it, but his compatriot took to Instagram to voice his disgust at the abuse.

"We are all equal, we are all monkeys, say no to racism," he wrote on the social media site, accompanied with the hashtag #weareallmonkeys.
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Soccer stars and even the prime minister of Italy are joining the cause. Take a look at the powerful social media movement.

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