SHARE
COPY LINK

FOOTBALL

Zlatan brushes off Inter fans’ racist taunt

A huge banner mocking Swedish AC Milan star Zlatan Ibrahimovic as a ”gypsy” in his native language was unfurled in the San Siro stadium by fans of Inter Milan during the local derby between the two Italian giants on Sunday evening.

Zlatan brushes off Inter fans' racist taunt

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.

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.

Member comments

Log in here to leave a comment.
Become a Member to leave a comment.

FOOTBALL

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.
SHOW COMMENTS