Thursday, November 28, 2019

Zlatan Ibrahimovic labelled 'Judas' as his house is vandalised and Malmo statue set on fire

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been labelled ‘Judas’ and seen his home in Stockholm vandalised after his decision to invest in Swedish side Hammarby.

The Swedish legend, 38, has announced that he has become a part-owner in the Allsvenskan side.

Ibrahimovic has purchased a 22.5 percent stake in the Stockholm-based club, after purchasing half of the Anschutz Entertainment Group's share; AEG are also the main investors in LA Galaxy.

But Ibrahimovic’s decision hasn’t gone down well with supporters of Malmo - where he grew up and started his illustrious career - with fans of his boyhood club attempting to set fire to the statue of Ibrahimovic that stands outside their stadium.


When asked if he was concerned about potential backlash from Malmo fans on Wednesday, Ibrahimovic said: "What I have done for Malmo will be there forever.

"This is a completely different situation. It has nothing to do with where my career began."

However, on Wednesday afternoon a toilet seat was placed around one of Ibrahimovic's arms on the statue, with a plastic bag put over its face, leading to the monument subsequently being protected by police.

On the evening, masked men tried to set fire to his statue with Bengali fires. The statue was sprayed with white paint and a racist message - labelling Ibrahimovic a 'Cigani', a slang term used to deride Romani people - was spray-painted next to it.

"A betrayal became a betrayal and a provocation," Kaveh Hosseinpour, vice-chairman of Malmo's official supporters’ group said.

"So he basically stuck a knife in our backs, and then he came along with a sword and chopped off our heads.

"The statue is completely worthless now, just a piece of junk. The best way to solve that was if it was removed and put somewhere in Stockholm or something.”

Yet in Stockholm, ‘Judas’ was daubed on Ibrahimovic’s front door at his home.

A protest sign declaring 'RIP Judas' was also left on his doorstep, as were cans of fermented fish.

Police have begun a “preliminary investigation” into the incident, while Aftonbladet reports that they are considering tightening up the surveillance of the address after the incident.

It comes following Ibrahimovic's declaration that: "We are to be known across the world. Not just in Sweden but in the world. Everyone will know about Hammarby and when people see the logo they will know: this is Hammarby.

”There are no limits as to how far Hammarby can go."

 



1 comment:

  1. This is hate and they ought to be arrested

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