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Zlatan Ibrahimovic Should Avoid Racism Charges Following Romelu Lukaku Shock

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AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is not expected to be charged with racism following his clash with Inter’s Romelu Lukaku in January.

When the two sides met in the Coppa Italia quarter-finals, the two attackers were involved in a heated exchange, in which Ibrahimovic appeared to be caught calling Lukaku a donkey and telling him to go. to do voodoo ”.

Romelu Lukaku, Zlatan Ibrahimovic
The pair had to be separated by teammates | Marco Luzzani / Getty Images

Charges of racism were quickly rebuffed by Ibrahimovic, but an investigation was nonetheless opened into the incident to determine whether either player deserved punishment for the incident, with Ibrahimovic’s case being heard Saturday.

Numerous reports in Italy, including from La Gazzetta dello Sport and Football Italia, note that prosecutors are convinced Ibrahimovic’s remarks were not racist and were just standard “trash talk”.

The Swede argued that the “voodoo” mention was simply a reference to media coverage of Lukaku’s clash with Everton owner Farhad Moshiri, who claimed the forward chose to leave the Toffees because of ‘a voodoo message.

Referring to the English media coverage of this incident, Ibrahimovic argued that his comments were simply based on a report and were unrelated to Lukaku’s African heritage.

Ibrahimovic was also asked to explain his use of the term ‘donkey’, but he again pointed out how England fans use the word to describe a player without technical ability – a claim regularly made to Lukaku towards the end of his stay in Manchester. United. .

It should be noted that Lukaku did not accuse Ibrahimovic of racism. The Italian authorities were still convinced that there was nothing in this incident, but wanted to ensure that they gave the allegations of racism the respect they deserved by opening an investigation.

Investigators will soon be questioning Lukaku, both to get his side of the story and to question his involvement in the clash, but it looks like the latter will be brushed under the rug in the near future.

Romelu Lukaku
Lukaku did not accuse Ibrahimovic of anything | Alessandro Sabattini / Getty Images

Both players were given yellow cards for their behavior during the match, and this reservation resulted in one-match suspensions for both.

Lukaku has served his ban in Inter’s Coppa Italia semi-final first leg at Juventus, while Ibrahimovic will have to wait until next season before his suspension becomes active.

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