13 May 2014

$60K fine for banana throwing

2:56 pm on 13 May 2014

The Italian football club Atalanta has been fined $60,000 after a banana was thrown onto the pitch during their recent home match against AC Milan.

Serie A's disciplinary tribunal also ordered a section of the ground be closed for one match but suspended the penalty for a year.

The banana landed near Milan's Guinean defender Kevin Constant who picked it up, showed it to the referee and handed it to team mate Nigel de Jong, who threw it off the field.

Milan players then sarcastically applauded the section of the Atalanta fans where the banana was thrown from.

Spain's Villarreal were fined $20,000 by their football federation after a fan threw a banana at Barcelona's Dani Alves during a match last month.

The Brazilian picked up the fruit and ate it.

The supporter was banned for life by the club.