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Zlatan brushes off Inter fans' racist taunt

The Local/gm · 16 Jan 2012, 12:12

Published: 16 Jan 2012 12:12 GMT+01:00

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Fans of Inter poked fun at the the Swedish international by doctoring the image taken from the front cover of his recently released autobiography.

Instead of the title ”I am Zlatan Ibrahimovic", the sign read, in all capital Swedish letters, ”I’m a Gypsy" ('Jag är en zigenare').

It is not the first time the Swedsih striker has been singled out for specific abuse by rival fans.

Similar jibes have been a regular feature in the big clashes with Milan's greatest rivals Juventus and especially during local derbies against Inter at the stadium which is shared by the two teams.

Zlatan though, was keen to play down the incident after the game, which Inter won 1-0.

”I don’t care about it, its not something that worries me” he told the Aftonbladet newspaper after the game.

”It was fun for them today, they get three points, we lose. That is how football is.” he added.

It was a bad day for the Swede, who failed to make an impression during the game which was decided by a single goal from Inter's Diego Milito.

The Loss not only ended Milan’s 12 match unbeaten run but also saw them surrender their lead at the top of Serie A.

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The banner mocking Ibrahimovic is the latest in a long line of racist incidents at football matches in the top flight in Italy.

The Italian league has long struggled with the problems which have led to some games being temporarily halted and teams playing European competitions being reported for the behaviour of fans towards black opposition players in particular.

No official complaints were reported after Sunday’s game however.

The Local/gm (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

14:14 January 16, 2012 by AHA
So what´s wrong with being a Gypsy?

Zlatan has much better character than to be annoyed by such stupid acts.
14:32 January 16, 2012 by SimonDMontfort
Top performers in any sport generally concentrate on their game, ignoring taunts and insults from spectators.

Nevertheless football authorities in Italy should identify the idiots and take action
16:16 January 16, 2012 by gabeltoon
This sort of thing is happening here in the UK also. GET A LIFE spectators and enjoy your football.
16:30 January 16, 2012 by jostein
Well, the other side of the coin is that Zlatan contributes to improve the reputation of gypsies. So, whats not to like?
17:46 January 16, 2012 by Åskar

If he is one.
19:48 January 16, 2012 by vancer
you get some small instances of racism in the UK but its much more isolated and people are often arrested and or banned from going to football

You would not get a coordinated event like that where hundreds were all involved.

Simple solution is to play the next 10 game behind closed doors.

Not great for the innocent fans but you have to make a stance.
20:51 January 16, 2012 by Just_Kidding
Was it ok if a player was Jewish and spectators used it against him? This would have reminded me of the dark days of Gestapo and Sturmabteilung.
21:07 January 16, 2012 by zooeden
Isnt he one??? so what???
21:22 January 16, 2012 by Greysuede
really what's wrong with being gypsy when one's have a good name?
00:48 January 17, 2012 by philster61
Poor baby can't take a few insults. Then I suggests her retires from the game and lives in his traditional caravan.....(like his gypsy heritage).... Every top league football star has to play down taunts. Even Beckham had his fair share....

Get over it Z....
18:34 January 20, 2012 by james_g
@ philster61 - did you actually READ the article before writing that comment...?
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