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Zlatan trolls Lukaku but denies racism allegation

Zlatan throws jibe at Lukaku on Twitter but denies racism allegation after heated Milan Derby bust-up

January 27, 2021 By Ali M.
Ibrahimovic took to Twitter to issue a no-room-for-racism post but couldn't help but take another dig at the Inter striker.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has taken to social media to issue an anti-racism message after his furious bust-up with Romelu Lukaku in Tuesday's Milan Derby. The two Italian giants locked horns in the Coppa Italia quarter-final but the huge talking point after the game was the clash between the two former Man Utd team-mates.

Microphones picked up what was said during the headed encounter as both sides threw profanities while coming close to exchanging blows, with team-mates and club officials stepping in to separate the pair. While Lukaku was also guilty of hurling insults, it was Zlatan's choice of words that sparked controversy.

The Swedish icon was caught calling the Belgian forward a "little donkey" while also telling the Inter Milan ace "go do your voodoo s***". The 39-year-old came under heavy fire, with many accusing him of using racial slurs, but the AC Milan icon has now come out with a statement in his defense.

Zlatan posted a tweet with the message "there is no room for racism" -- he also shared a link to a viral video of a black kid and white child warmly hugging on the streets. However, Ibra made sure to add a dig at Lukaku in his post, adding that "some players are better than others".

"In ZLATAN's world there is no place for RACISM," his tweet read.

"We are all the same race - we are all equal!! We are all PLAYERS some better than others."

Zlatan, who was later sent off, reportedly apologized to his team-mates for the entire incident as his on-field row with Lukaku earned him the first of his two yellow cards. The 10-man Rossoneri thus threw away a 1-0 lead and lost that fixture 2-1 courtesy of a stoppage-time Eriksen winner.

Furthermore, Sky Sport Italia report that Ibrahimovic insisted to his team-mates that his comments were not racially-motivated. The publication writes that Zlatan's insult was rather a reference to a claim made by Everton owner Farhad Moshiri that the Belgian rejected a Goodison Park extension due to a "voodoo message" after visiting a witch doctor in Africa.

Whether this defense is genuine remains uncertain. However, what we can say for sure is that this won't be the last we hear of this incident.

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