Zlatan Ibrahimovic ‘is NOT expected to be charged for racist abuse of Romelu Lukaku’ following ‘voodoo comments’ during heated clash with former team-mate in the Milan derby
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic clashed with ex-team-mate Romelu Lukaku in the Milan derby
- Tempers flared during Inter Milan’s Coppa Italia win over AC Milan at San Siro
- Ibrahimovic provoked Lukaku by recounting a ‘voodoo’ story from years ago
- The Swedish star has now explained to investigators what he meant by this
AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will reportedly not be charged with any form of racist abuse towards Inter Milan rival Romelu Lukaku, following the pair’s fiery clash during the recent Milan derby at the San Siro.
Ibrahimovic and Lukaku, who once played together at Manchester United, squared up on the pitch during the Italian cup match as tensions rocketed, with the Swedish striker making ‘voodoo’ comments in reference to a specific incident earlier in Lukaku’s career.
Ibrahimovic has since explained to FIGC investigators what his comment was relating to, as report Football Italia, and also took the personal action of issuing a short statement on social media slamming all forms of racism.
Romelu Lukaku (left) and Zlatan Ibrahimovic bumped heads during the heated exchange and words were said which left the Belgian striker seething on the pitch
In the post, however, 39-year-old couldn’t resist a concealed dig suggesting he was the better player.
Ibrahimovic wrote on Twitter: ‘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.’
Milan forward Ibrahimovic is said to have called his Inter opponent a ‘little donkey’ before urging him to ‘call your mother and do your voodoo s***.’
In the aftermath Lukaku also did not accuse his former team-mate of racism.
The voodoo story revolves around a historic incident when Lukaku was previously playing his football with Everton in the Premier League.
Ibrahimovic could be heard yelling at Lukaku ‘Go do your voodoo s***, you little donkey’
The pair were once team-mates at Manchester United and had a cordial relationship
Toffees shareholder Farhad Moshiri claimed in an interview that Lukaku refused to sign a new contract with the club after calling his mother, who had ‘a voodoo and got the message that he needs to go to Chelsea.’
Lukaku vehemently denied the story, and later ended up opting for a move to Manchester United rather than Chelsea, before later threatening to sue Moshiri.
Ibrahimovic then also had to explain the meaning of the term ‘little donkey’ to investigators, outlining its relation to a popular term in in England to describe a player with little to no technical skill.
This insult made by Ibrahimovic relates back to when he made a humorous pledge to the Belgian, during their United days, saying he would financially reward him for every good touch he made.
In the aftermath of the clash Ibrahimovic took to social media to release the above statement
It remains unknown as to whether Lukaku took this with good nature, and Ibrahimovic later used this to issue trash talk when the striker initially secured his switch to Inter.
Speaking out the original pledge during an interview with Gazetto dello Sport, Ibrahimovic said: ‘At Manchester United, we made a bet – “I’ll give you £50 for every decent first touch you make.” He replied: “What do I win if I get them all right?”
‘I told him nothing, he would simply become a better player. For the record, he never accepted the bet! Perhaps he was afraid of losing.’
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