Zlatan Ibrahimovic denounces racism after spat with Lukaku

Tanya Simon
January 28, 2021

Alessio Romagnoli's tackle on Romelu Lukaku sparked a mass brawl before the interval, with former Manchester United teammates Lukaku and Ibrahimovic booked for their involvement.

And it was Ibrahimovic who grabbed the opener on the half-hour after connecting with Soualiho Meite's headed cross, firing in low from the right with the ball bouncing in off the far post.

Ibrahimovic was subsequently sent off after picking up a second yellow card 15 minutes after the break for bringing down Aleksandar Kolarov.

"The booking for the dispute with Lukaku certainly influenced Ibrahimovic's dismissal", said Milan coach Stefano Pioli. But it wasn't easy with a man less.

Conte urged the 28-year-old to use his goal as motivation to kickstart his Inter career and said he needed to "come out of his shell" and be "more determined".

"In 11 vs 11 it was an open game and we were ahead".

Marcelo Brozovic, Ivan Perisic, Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku were all rated 6.5/10, as was Antonio Conte after "deservedly" knocking out Inter's city rivals.

"I've been a player so I know the temperament can run high in the field", Conte said.

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To remember is a condition for a better future of peace and fraternity, ' he said. The memorial has been closed to the pubic for months due to the pandemic.

There was then an unusual scenario as referee Paolo Valeri picked up injury during play and had to be replaced by fourth official Daniele Chiffi.

"Ibra is a victor, a warrior". I think that Romelu, also from this point of view, is growing.

The two meet again in less than a month, this time in the league, in what could be a season defying game.

The contents of the argument were analysed in the media based on the footage, and Ibrahimovic came under fire for telling Lukaku to 'call your mother and do that voodoo ****'.

Rafael Leao's foul on Nicolo Barella gave Inter a penalty after 71 minutes with Lukaku stepping up to fire in via the underside of the crossbar.

And Christian Eriksen - linked with a move away from the San Siro this month - curled home a flawless free-kick in the seventh minute of injury time to seal Inter's spot in the Coppa Italia semifinals.

Inter will find out later on today who they will face in the Coppa Italia semi-finals, when Juventus host SPAL.

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