AC Milan responds to Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s controversial ‘voodoo’ dig at Romelu Lukaku
Representatives of A.C. Milan have insisted that Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s ‘voodoo’ dig at Romelu Lukaku during
the Milan derby was not a racial slur, but a niche reference from the Belgian’s time at Everton.
The two powerhouse strikers clashed in the Copa Italia contest, with insults flying and a physical altercation
resulting in a yellow card for both men. Lukaku appeared to suggest taking things outside with the Swede, to
which Zlatan replied: ‘Okay, call your mother.’ The Belgian was not impressed, saying: ‘He wants to talk about
mothers? Son of a b****.’
He also screamed at Ibrahimovic: ‘F**k you and your wife.’ It was all quite pathetic, but the comment which
stood out was from Ibrahimovic, who told Lukaku: ‘Go do your voodoo s**t, you little donkey.’ A strange thing to
say and Sky Sport Italia report that AC Milan representatives have spoken to Ibrahimovic about the comments,
with the striker denying any racial intent.
Instead, it is a reference to Lukaku turning down a new contract when he was at Everton, with the Toffees’ major
shareholder Farhad Moshiri saying he did so because of a ‘voodoo message’. Moshiri said in January 2018: ‘We
offered him a better deal than Chelsea and his agent came to Finch Farm to sign the contract
Robert [Elstone, Everton’s chief executive] was there, everything was in place, there were a few reporters outside,
then in the meeting Rom called his mother. ‘He said he was on a pilgrimage in Africa or somewhere and he had a
voodoo and he got the message that he needs to go to Chelsea.’
Lukaku denied the outrageous accusations and threatened Everton with legal action after he actually departed
for Manchester United, not a return to Chelsea.