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Ibrahimovic red card incurs three match ban

AC Milan's Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was given a three-match ban on Monday after a foul-mouthed tirade at a linesman earned him a sending off during his side's 2-1 win at Fiorentina over the weekend.

Ibrahimovic red card incurs three match ban

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)

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?”

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Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match

Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday, a day ahead of the country's Nations League match with Sweden, the Croatian football federation (HNS) said.

Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match
Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic (left) tested positive for coronavirus on Friday. Photo: Miguel Medina / AFP
“Brozovic's Inter Milan and Swedish epidemiologists were informed about the positive test,” an HNS statement said.
   
The player's positive result came two days after defender Domagoj Vida was informed of a positive Covid-19 test after playing the first half of a friendly with Turkey in Istanbul.
   
Apart from Brozovic, 27, one staff member also tested positive.
   
They were both isolated from other members of the national team.
   
After Sweden, Croatia play another Nations League game against Portugal on Tuesday.
   
Croatia, runners-up at the 2018 World Cup, are third in their Nations League group which also includes France, the team that beat them to the World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and Sweden.
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