Roma’s Europa League tie with Feyenoord was thrown into controversy tonight, after the home fans allegedly threw a giant inflatable banana at striker Gervinho.
With the match level at 1-1 after the first leg in Italy it’s all still to play for, with both teams desperate to advance to the latter stages of the competition.
Roma currently sit second in Serie A while Feyenoord are in third place in the Dutch Eredivisie.
But sadly no matter the outcome it seems unlikely the football played on the pitch will make the headlines, rather the racially motivated actions of the Dutch supporters.
It’s understood the official was forced to stop the match when the banana was thrown at Gervinho, who is one of several black players in the Roma team.
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Feyenoord fans rioted in Rome before the first leg last week, clashing with police, damaging a recently renovated fountain and leaving part of the city’s historic centre strewn with beer cans and smashed bottles.
Police in Rotterdam were expected to tighten security and draf in reinforcements ahead of the highly charged Europa League match