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Ibrahimovic red card incurs three match ban

AFP/The Local · 12 Apr 2011, 07:26

Published: 12 Apr 2011 07:26 GMT+02:00

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Sporting judge Gianpaolo Tosel said Ibrahimovic, who had already picked up a yellow card during the game before being sent off, had shown "inappropriate behaviour against the other side... and made an offensive statement."

The 29-year-old had only just returned from a two-game ban for striking Bari's Marco Rossi in the ribs.

He aimed a rant filled with expletives at a linesman after a throw-in decision went against him.

He was duly dismissed by the referee and walked off without protest.

However, afterwards he apologised and even insisted that he had not sworn at the linesman.

"I was angry because I'd lost the ball, I said a swear word to myself, not at the referee or linesman," he said.

"I want to apologise, I walked off without creating a scene. I was looking at the linesman because he was in front of me but I wasn't saying it to him."

"My team-mates would be right to be angry with me because I (was sent-off)

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while Fiorentina were attacking us."

"On top of that I was coming back from a suspension and it wasn't the right time to get sent off."

"But can't I get angry with myself without getting a red card?"

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

10:34 April 12, 2011 by JulieLou40
What a prat. As ugly as Wayne Rooney, both in looks & temperament.
11:15 April 12, 2011 by SimonDMontfort
...must control his temper, that fellow.

Never understood why AC Milan paid so much for his transfer - Barcelona must have been laughing all the way to the bank. They may well win the Champions' League - AC Milan, although they top Serie A, look just a little moderate by comparison
12:11 April 12, 2011 by eppie

Well laughing? two years ago the paid 80 millions, and now they get a few million back because of loaning Zlatan to Milan. And it seems Milan will not buy the guy.

So I don't think Barcelona will be laughing about this particular episode.

They are laughing of course because they are playing very well and nobody cares that they have a 200 million euro debt.
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