Levante’s Papakouli Diop was the subject of racism from Athletico Madrid fans during the teams’ La Liga matchup on Sunday.
A section of Atletico fans were making racist chants, and in a defiant move, he danced like a monkey for them.
This comes barely a week after a banana was thrown at Barcelona defender Dani Alves, and shows how deep racism has eaten into Spanish football.
“They called me monkey and I turned and imitated a monkey,” Diop said, according to Marca. “I’m tired of racism in football. And there’s a lot.”
“I did the monkey dance to highlight the matter. I wanted people to know what happened.
“I do not know if it’s racist or disrespectful, but they have to stop the monkey noises made by some people.”