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Zlatan admits slapping opponent 'an error'

Zlatan admits slapping opponent 'an error'

Published: 07 Feb 2012 07:51 GMT+01:00
Updated: 07 Feb 2012 07:51 GMT+01:00

"I made a huge error... It happens, it happens... I must learn from my mistakes," Ibrahimovic said after the incident.

The volatile 30-year-old - who has scored 15 times this season and lies second in the Serie A scorers list - received the ban for slapping Napoli player Salvatore Aronica in the face during Sunday's 0-0 draw, for which he was red carded.

AC Milan said they will appeal the ruling by the Italian League's Disciplinary

Commission. However, Ibrahimovic accepted that he had slipped-up.

"There is no need of video images to prove what I did, I made a mistake.

"But I have confidence in the team, it will be just as good without me."

'Ibra' has a chequered disciplinary record in Italy - last season he was sent off two matches in a row while seven years ago when he was playing for Juventus he missed a title-deciding match with Milan because he was serving a suspension.

He was suspended after headbutting Inter Milan's combative Serbian Sinisa

Mihajlovic and then hit the latter's Inter team-mate Ivan Cordoba.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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10:31 February 7, 2012 by SimonDMontfort
Whats wrong with referees these days?

Zlatan was just trying to explain something - and his hand kind of...slipped against his opponent's face...Lol!
11:49 February 7, 2012 by Jes
I don`t care what Zlatan says . I don`t care what @SimonDMontfort thinks he saw that the "wrong referees " didn´t see . I am rather "pushed off" by the comment from one so called "expert" who said that slapping an opponent was simply bad sportsmanship that should not attract a serious punishment . Would he have said the same if the "slapper" was an African player ?

It such a pity that Sweden has been reduced to riding on the back of one sinlge player who habítually forgets to use his head . Maybe the "expert" should advice Zlatan that the next time he looses his head he should spit instead of slapping . Why ? because our "expert" will not classify this as a non violent expression that Zlatan is entitled to.
20:52 February 7, 2012 by dizzy09
the solution to ibra´s anger problem is that somebody needs to beat the madness out of his head.
23:21 February 7, 2012 by BillyB
Slapping is nothing in football its just "handbags at 10 paces..."

get on with it...
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