Ibrahi­movic statue van­dalised again

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

Copen­hagen, Den­mark - Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic’s statue in his home­town of Malmo was van­dalised overnight on Satur­day, Swedish po­lice re­ported.

The statue has been the tar­get of numer­ous at­tacks since the Swedish foot­baller in­vested in Stock­holm-based Ham­marby, an­ger­ing sup­port­ers of Malmo FF, the club where he be­gan his pro­fes­sional ca­reer.

In Novem­ber, a day af­ter his in­vest­ment in Ham­marby, Ibrahi­movic filed a ‘hate crime’ com­plaint af­ter the statue was at­tacked with fire and paint and the word ‘Ju­das’ daubed across the front door of his Stock­holm home.

In the lat­est in­ci­dent the statue had col­lapsed against the bar­rier pro­tect­ing it, its feet par­tially chopped off.

“A van­dal­ism com­plaint has been lodged,” a po­lice spokesper­son told AFP. There are calls from lo­cal in­hab­i­tants for the statue out­side Malmo’s city sta­dium to be moved.

“I can un­der­stand that many peo­ple are dis­ap­pointed in Zla­tan’s be­hav­iour but van­dal­is­ing a statute is sim­ply un­wor­thy. Bet­ter to ex­press your dis­sat­is­fac­tion in a demo­cratic way,” Malmo deputy mayor Frida Trollmyr told AFP.

A cit­i­zens’ ini­tia­tive to move the sculp­ture will be con­sid­ered in Fe­bru­ary, she added.

Ibrahi­movic (38) is set to make his de­but for for­mer club AC Mi­lan in Serie A on Mon­day af­ter sign­ing a six-month con­tract with the for­mer Euro­pean cham­pi­ons last week.


The statue of Swedish foot­ball player Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic is com­pletely sawn down and de­stroyed in Malmo, Swe­den

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