Zlatan Ibrahimovic ‘faces a ten-match ban if found guilty of racially abusing Romelu Lukaku’
after ‘voodoo’ taunt
A.C. Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic could face a TEN-GAME ban if found guilty of using racist language
towards Romelu Lukaku.
The pair got into a heated exchange during Tuesday’s Milan derby in the Coppa Italia.
Having been separated by team-mates after going head to head, it is claimed that Ibrahimovic, 39,
said: “Go do your voodoo s***, you little donkey. Call your mother.”
To which Lukaku, 27, is believed to have replied: “He wants to talk about mothers? Son of a b****.
“F* you and your wife, you little b*
Both players were handed one-game Coppa suspensions after the match, for reasons not to do with
the bust-up.Ibrahimovic collected two yellow cards after putting his side in front, while Lukaku,
who equalized from the penalty spot, picked up a yellow card that triggered the suspension.
According to La Stampa, however, if Zlatan’s insult is deemed to be racist, he could face a ban of up to
ten games.The Swede and his club are likely to insist that the comment was a reference to a claim
made by Everton owner Farhad Moshiri, rather than a racial stereotype.
After Lukaku had left Goodison Park to join Manchester United, Moshiri 65, claimed that a previous
contract negotiation had collapsed because of a voodoo priest’s influence
He said in January 2018: “During the meeting [Lukaku] said he had to call his mother, who was on a pilgrimage
in Africa and had seen a voodoo or something who said he had to go to Chelsea.”
Ibrahimovic has also taken to social media to deny allegations.
He wrote: “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 than others [sic].”
During the pair’s stint as team-mates at Old Trafford, Ibrahimovic reportedly mocked the Belgian’s control,
offering the ex-Chelsea man a £50 bet for every good first touch he made, such was his ‘poor’ technique.
Inter went on to have the last laugh against their ten-man rivals, with Christian Eriksen curling home
a sensational free-kick deep into stoppage time to send Antonio Conte’s side to the semi-finals