According to reports, Zlatan Ibrahimovic assured his AC Milan teammates that his comments to Romelu Lukaku during last night’s heated exchange were not racist.
The report from Sky Italy details that the Swede made this clear in the dressing room following the match, while also apologising for losing the run of himself and getting sent off in Milan’s Coppa Italia quarter-final defeat to rivals Inter.
Ibrahimovic clashed with former United teammate Lukaku and a number of unsavoury insults were traded, as we’ve detailed in reports this morning. Ibrahimovic calls Lukaku a ‘little donkey’ as he referenced the practice of ‘voodoo’ whilst now appearing to tell Lukaku to call his mother.
Lukaku looked angered by Ibrahimovic referencing his mother after screaming ‘you want to speak about my mother’ to the retired Sweden international.
The Belgian striker had to be steered away from the pitch after the half-time whistle.
Sky Italy report that Ibrahimovic’s ‘voodoo’ comments were in fact reference to the summer which saw Lukaku transfer from Everton to Manchester United, when a return to Stamford Bridge was also on the cards with current Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte in charge as a long-term admirer of the Belgium international.
In ZLATAN’s world there is no place for RACISM.
We are all the same race – we are all equal !!
We are all PLAYERS some better then others.https://t.co/DhguHUOFte
— Zlatan Ibrahimović (@Ibra_official) January 27, 2021
This was reported at the time by The Guardian as Everton’s majority owner Farhad Moshiri shockingly claimed that Lukaku decided against a new contract as a result of a ‘voodoo’ message.
Ibrahimovic doesn’t forget.