Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Photograph Credit score: Reuters)
AC Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic was subjected to racist abuse throughout the Europa League conflict towards Purple Star Belgrade.
Purple Star Belgrade issued an apology to AC Milan and their striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Friday for racist abuse the Swede suffered throughout Thursday’s Europa League match between the 2 groups within the Serbian capital.
Belgrade media reported that Ibrahimovic, who has Bosnian roots, was insulted by a person seated within the Purple Star stadium’s VIP field and the B92 web site (www.b92.internet) revealed a clip with a soundbite of the feedback.
“Purple Star vehemently condemns abusive chants to Zlatan Ibrahimovic throughout the Europa League match with AC Milan,” the membership mentioned in a press release circulated to Serbian media.
“The membership did the whole lot in its energy to organise the occasion on a excessive stage and we is not going to permit a primitive particular person to stain Serbia’s conventional hospitality.
“We’ll work with the authorities to establish the offender and we will even insist that he’s punished to the total extent of the regulation.
“Purple Star once more sincerely apologises to Zlatan Ibrahimovic and we stress that the membership may have zero tolerance for such outbursts sooner or later.”
The primary leg of the round-of-32 match resulted in a 2-2 draw after Purple Star scored a stoppage time equaliser, with Ibrahimovic an unused substitute for Milan.
No followers attended the match due to COVID-19 restrictions and Ibrahimovic was seated within the stadium’s west tier behind the dugouts together with different Milan substitutes and workers.