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Zlatan Ibrahimovic Subject To Alleged Ethnic Insult In The Stands During Red Star Belgrade Draw

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Subject To Alleged Ethnic Insult In The Stands During Red Star Belgrade Draw

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was the subject of an alleged ethnic insult in Belgrade last night.

The AC Milan talisman was an unused substitute as the Rossoneri drew 2-2 with Red Star Belgrade away in the Europa League round of 32 first leg.

But as he was sat in the stands, the 39-year-old was abused. Footage shows a group of fans shout at the Swede at a largely empty Rajko Mitic Stadium and a rough translation, the tirade was: "You pus**, stinky balija, I fu** you in your mouth".

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Ibrahimovic has Balkan roots through a Catholic Croat mother and Muslim Bosniak father who emigrated to Sweden and the word "balija" is an on offensive, ethnic insult against people from Bosnia.

The well-travelled striker did not react to the insults and merely sat watching the action on the pitch.

AC Milan looked on course for an important win away from home when Theo Hernandez scored a penalty to put the Italian side 2-1 up in the 61st minute but the hosts, down to ten men, struck a late equaliser through Milan Paykov.

The two sides will play out the second leg at the San Siro next Thursday.

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During the first half of the Coppa Italia quarter final, he called his former teammate a "little donkey'"and urged him to 'call your mother and do your voodoo s**t'.

There was speculation as to whether there was a racial undertone to Ibrahimovic's comment but as part of an investigation, he is believed to has explained to the FIGC IGC (the Italian Football Federation) that he was referring to a story about Lukaku in the British media.

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Talking about ex-Everton player Lukaku leaving the club in 2018, Everton major shareholder Farhad Moshiri said: "Then in the meeting Rom called his mother. He said he was on a pilgrimage in Africa or somewhere and he had a voodoo and he got the message that he needs to go to Chelsea."

Lukaku denied the story and threatened to sue Moshiri but Ibrahimovic used it as a means to taunt him.

Topics: Europa League, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, AC Milan, Red Star Belgrade

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