Investigation opened into clash between Ibrahimovic and Lukaku

Italy’s football federation (FIGC) has opened an investigation into the verbal clash between Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Romelu Lukaku during last week’s Coppa Italia quarter-final, the body said on Monday.

The pair, former team mates at Manchester United, had to be restrained as the players left the pitch at the end of the first half, with Inter Milan’s Lukaku seemingly incensed by something AC Milan’s Ibrahimovic said.

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The BBC reported that a pitchside microphone had picked up Ibrahimovic saying “go do your voodoo” to Lukaku, an apparent reference to 2018 comments from Everton owner Farhad Moshiri that the Belgian turned down an offer to stay in Merseyside on the advice of a “voodoo message”.

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Ibrahimovic defended himself on Twitter on Wednesday, but the FIGC will look into the incident further.

“Federal Prosecutor Giuseppe Chine this morning opened proceedings relating to the verbal clash staged between the players Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Romelu Lukaku on the occasion of Inter-Milan,” a FIGC statement read.

“As part of the investigation, the Federal Prosecutor decided to summon the referee Paolo Valeri, who will be interviewed in the next few hours to clarify the scope of the penalties already imposed during the match against the two players.”

The referee cautioned the duo for the clash before giving Ibrahimovic another yellow card and a red after the restart for a foul on Aleksandar Kolarov. AC Milan went on to lose 2-1.

Both players were given one-match suspensions by the league judge on Friday. Lukaku will miss the first leg of the Coppa Italia semi-finals against Juventus on Tuesday, while Ibrahimovic will have to sit out his team’s next match in the competition.

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Zlatan misses pen but Milan beat Bologna

AC Milan got back to winning ways in Serie A with a 2-1 victory at Bologna on Saturday, with goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma in fine form to help his side open up a five-point lead at the top of the standings.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic missed the chance to put the leaders ahead when his spot kick was saved in the 26th minute but Ante Rebic latched onto the rebound to fire home.

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Bologna had three glorious chances to level before the end of the first half, but were denied by some brilliant saves from Donnarumma.

Those stops proved crucial as Milan were awarded another penalty in the 55th minute. Franck Kessie converted from the spot to double his side’s lead.

Substitute Andrea Poli got one back for the hosts in the 81st minute, but they could not find an equaliser despite plenty of late pressure.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has denied his comments towards his former Manchester United teammate Romelu Lukaku in AC Milan’s Coppa Italia defeat against Inter Milan were racist.

He tweeted: “In ZLATAN’s world there is no place for RACISM. We are all the same race – we are all equal !!

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“We are all PLAYERS some better than others.”

His former Manchester United teammate Paul Pogba has come out in support of the 39-year-old.

He wrote on Twitter: “Zlatan… racist? He loves me too much so he’s the last person I’d think of as racist! Come on, don’t joke with that one!”

Ibrahimovic gave his side the lead in the Coppa quarter final, drilling in off the post, before tempers became frayed in the San Siro.

The Swedish striker and Lukaku, who played together at Manchester United, locked heads and exchanged words at the end of the first half, before the pair had to be restrained as the players left the pitch for the interval.

The referee cautioned both before giving Ibrahimovic another yellow card and a red in the second half for a foul on Aleksandar Kolarov – the first time the Swede has been sent off in Europe since being dismissed while playing for Paris St Germain at Chelsea in March 2015.

Pitchside microphones picked up Ibrahimovic saying “call your mother and do that voodoo ****.” to Lukaku, a reported reference to claims made in 2018 by Everton owner Farhad Moshiri that the Belgium striker opted to leave the club after receiving a “voodoo message”.

Lukaku sought legal advice to that comment. A representative for the player responded: “Romelu’s decision had nothing to do with voodoo.”

AC Milan coach Stefano Pioli said Ibrahimovic apologised after he was sent off.

“He (Ibrahimovic) apologised like the great champion he is,” Pioli said.

“He got a bit caught up in the desire to help the team. It wasn’t easy to stay in the game a man down. The pressure from Inter was strong.”

Inter came from behind to win the match, with a penalty from Lukaku and a 97th-minute winner from Christian Eriksen sending Antonio Conte’s side through to the semi-finals.

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Lukaku and Ibrahimovic in explosive clash during Milan derby

Romelu Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimovic were involved in a heated confrontation as Inter Milan faced AC Milan in the Coppa Italia quarter-finals.

The pair clashed heads on the stroke of half-time as tempers spilled over, with the Belgian having to be restrained by team-mates and staff as Ibrahimovic continued to goad him.

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With no spectators to drown out their argument, Ibrahimovic was heard calling his opponent “a little donkey” while Lukaku replied with an insult of his own about the Swede and his wife.

Both players were booked for their role in the melee.

Ibrahimovic, who had opened the scoring at the San Siro, was later sent off for a second yellow.

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Eriksen’s last-gasp winner settles feisty Milan derby as Zlatan sent off

Romelu Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimovic both scored, almost came to blows and the latter was sent off before Christian Eriksen’s injury time free kick gave Inter victory in the Milan derby in the Coppa Italia quarter-finals.

Ibrahimovic put Milan in front with a typically classy finish angled across his body in off the far post before he began a war of words with his former team-mate, which led to numerous Inter players being required to stop the Belgian striker confronting the former Swedish international as they left the field at half time.

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Both received yellow cards and just before the hour mark Ibrahimovic clipped the ankles of Aleksandr Kolarov and was given his marching orders for a second booking.

Nicolo Barella was clipped by a trailing leg of Rafael Leao in the box and after looking at television replays the referee gave a penalty which Lukaku scored after clipping the underside of the bar.

The game seemed set to go into extra time, but with 10 minutes of injury time allowed due to the referee injuring his hamstring, Eriksen curled home a beautiful free kick seven minutes into added play.

More to follow.

Match highlights:

33’ GOAL FOR MILAN! It’s that man Zlatan again. A poor free kick into the box and then Leao heads it back to him in the right hand side of the penalty area, he made some room for himself and aimed his shot past Handanovic and it deflected off the post and in.

45’ Ibrahimovic has put Milan in front at half time but the bigger story could be what he said to Lukaku. It has him absolutely furious and numerous Inter players needed to stop him going after Ibrahimovic as they go down the tunnel.

59’ RED CARD! Ibrahimovic is off. He clipped Kolarov who was bringing the ball out from defence. Kolarov made the most of it. He got a yellow card with the incident with Lukaku.

69’ Barella goes down under Leao’s sliding challenge in the box. The referee waves away the appeals.

70’ PENALTY! The referee looks at the television and gives a spot kick.

71’ GOAL! Lukaku puts it home off the underside of the crossbar, cancelling out his nemesis’ opener.

90’ Great save! Tatarusanu denies Lukaku. Martinez dummies to Lukaku and the two then exchange passes before the big man guides with his right boot towards the corner but the Milan keeper saved brilliantly diving to his left.

97’ GOAL FOR INTER! Eriksen curls a free kick brilliantly over the wall and into the right-hand top corner.

Key stat:

14 – The number of times Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been sent off in his career.

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San Siro vive un derbi copero con Brahim de titular

Inter y Milan, los mejores equipos del Calcio en lo que hemos vivido de temporada, se juegan esta noche un sitio en las semifinales de Copa. Será un derbi de la Madonnina (a partido único) muy importante, y no solo por la segunda competición italiana.

Los rossoneri, tras el batacazo con el Atalanta, necesitan levantar cabeza enseguida. Pioli, que saldrá de inicio con Brahim e Ibra en la delantera (y sin el sancionado Donnarumma), al parecer no utilizará a Mandzukic desde el primer minuto, aunque el croata tendrá protagonismo a lo largo del partido.

Antonio Conte, que avisó sobre la fuerza de su rival (“este equipo es mucho más que Ibrahimovic“) en la rueda de prensa previa, busca venganza tras la derrota en el derbi liguero. Habrá pocas rotaciones, entonces. Descansarán Vidal, uno entre Young y el imparable Achraf, mientras que, en la delantera, Alexis debería sustituir a un Lautaro bastante cansado en sus últimas actuaciones.

Los nerazzurri también deben olvidar el pasado fin de semana, en el que desperdiciaron con un 0-0 en Udine la oportunidad de hacerse con el liderato del Calcio, todavía en las manos de sus vecinos. Nos espera un partidazo.

Ficha y posibles onces titulares

INTER: Handanovic; Skriniar, De Vrij, Bastoni; Achraf, Sensi, Gagliardini, Barella, Darmian; Lukaku y Alexis.

MILÁN: Tatarusanu; Dalot, Kjaer, Romagnoli, Theo; Meité, Kessié; Castillejo, Brahim, Leao; e Ibrahimovic.

Árbitro: P. Valeri.

Estadio: San Siro.

Hora: 20:45.

Rafael Leao se pasa al rap

De marcar el gol más rápido de la historia en cualquier liga a los 6,7 segundos de partido entre el Milan y el Sassuolo, a dar el salto al mundo de la música. Rafael Leao, a sus 21 años, sacará el próximo 29 de enero su primer disco de rap: ‘Beginning‘, como anunció el delantero portugués en su cuenta de Instagram. Un album formado por 7 temas de rap, trap y drill. El septiembre pasado ya publicó su primer sencillo titulado ‘BGang’.

Foto de Rafael Leao

El futbolista del Milan concedió una entrevista a la revista Rollingtones.it para promocionar el lanzamiento de su primer disco donde explicó sus gustos musicales: “Me encanta el hip hop y el R&B. Cosas principalmente estadounidenses: Migos, Travis Scott, 6ix9ine, Da Baby, Roddy Rich”, A sus 21 años, el exfutbolista del Lille tiene una larga carrera en el mundo del fútbol pero cuando todo acabe sabe a los que se quiere dedicar: “Me gusta mucho rapear y creo que cuando termine mi carrera futbolística podré hacerlo en la vida”.

“Por ahora es solo un pasatiempo: pero hablo sobre todo de mi vida, de los sacrificios para llegar aquí. Realmente admiro a Jay-Z por todo lo que ha logrado en su carrera. Tal vez en el futuro pueda ir directamente a llamar a su puerta y hacerle ganar un poco más de dinero con mis canciones“, afirmó el futbolista del Milan.

Con todos esos mimbres, está claro quien dirige la música que se oye en el vestuario del conjunto italiano: “Cuando estamos en el vestuario nos turnamos para decidir qué escuchar. Por ejemplo, está Theo que tiene orígenes españoles y siempre pone discos de reggaetón. Daniel Maldini también me presentó un poco de rap italiano. Me gusta mucho Sfera Ebbasta. Por eso, antes del partido y de los entrenamientos, siempre escuchamos hip hop: no tengo una canción en particular, la cambio a menudo, pero es algo que nos da un poco de vida y energía”.

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Esta es la segunda temporada de Rafael Leao en el Milan y se ha hecho un hueco en el once de Pioli en el extremo izquierdo a base de goles (lleva 6). El portugués atraviesa un gran momento de forma.

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El Milan quiere regresar por sus fueros y no parará hasta conseguirlo. Tras cerrar las incorporaciones de Mandzukic y Tomori en este mercado de invierno, ha preguntado al Ajax por la situación de Lisandro Martínez, según informan varios medios italianos.

Foto de Lisandro Martínez

El futbolista argentino, de 23 años, llegó al Ajax en 2019 y tiene contrato hasta 2023. Es uno de los miembros de la plantilla del equipo neerlandés que más interés despierta en toda Europa. Su polivalencia, ya que puede jugar de central, lateral izquierdo, incluso de pivote, es muy valorada por las secretarías técnicas. El Milan, pese a contar con Romagnoli y Kjaer como parejas de centrales titulares, está escaso de efectivos defensivos. Por eso han cerrado con el Chelsea la cesión de Tomori y preguntaron al Estrasburgo por Simakan. El argentino Musacchio no tiene ritmo de competición, ya que recientemente se ha recuperado de una operación de tobillo. Stefano Pioli, ante la falta de defensas centrales, está tirando del joven Pierre Kalulu pero no es su posición natural y es un parche. Lisandro Martínez llenaría perfectamente las deficiencias defensivas del líder de la Serie A.

El Valencia ya preguntó por él

El Ajax, de momento, no quiere dejar salir al argentino. El Valencia ya sondeó su préstamo pero finalmente el equipo neerlandés dio largas a una posible salida y los che desistieron. El Milan si no consigue ahora que fructifiquen los contactos, volverán a la carga en verano. El Ajax, en caso de dejar marchar al defensa, prefiere un traspaso y está pidiendo alrededor de 30M€ a los equipos que han preguntado por Lisandro. Los de Amsterdam ficharon al central por 7M€ del club Defensa y Justicia argentino.