Zlatan admits slapping opponent 'an error'

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Zlatan admits slapping opponent 'an error'

AC Milan's Swedish international striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will miss the top of the table clash with Serie A leaders Juventus on February 25th after he was suspended for three matches.


"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.


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