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Furious Malmo Fans Vandalized Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s House, Deface His Statue

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s home has been vandalized and his statue lit on fire by Malmo fans reacting angrily to the Swede becoming co-owner of rivals Hammarby.

A statue of Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been vandalized and the word “Judas” sprayed on a property he owns in Stockholm after the star, who started his career with hometown club Malmo, invested in a rival soccer club.

According to police, the incidents took place on Wednesday following the announcement that Ibrahimovic had acquired a stake in Stockholm-based Hammarby.

The Swede has faced backlash from Malmo fans reacting to his investment in rivals Hammarby

The striker began his professional career with Malmo, and a statue of Ibrahimovic sits outside the club’s stadium. The statue has also been attacked, with fans attaching a toilet seat to the arm and setting it on fire. A fence has now been put around the statue and a team of security guards are keeping watch.

The 38-year-old described his investment in the up and coming club as ‘fun and exciting’, but he has subsequently faced an extreme backlash from Malmo supporters.

Ibrahimovic, who is Sweden’s leading international goalscorer with 62 goals in 116 games, has played for some of Europe’s biggest clubs including Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, and Manchester United. He has spent the past two seasons playing in the US with LA Galaxy.

Malmo chiefs had hoped that the statue would still be respected after Ibrahimovic’s 25 percent stake in Hammarby was announced on Wednesday morning.

The statue in Stockholm was only unveiled last month and is located between their new and old grounds, but it has now been defaced after his move to the board of Hammarby.

A toilet seat was attached on the arm and a shirt draped over the face of the statue

Ibrahimovic will however not be representing Hammarby on the pitch, as many thought he might when he revealed a video of himself holding up their shirt.

AC Milan, Bologna, and even a return to Manchester United have all been mentioned as possible destinations, but it appears he is focusing on off-field matters for the time being.

On his co-ownership of Hammarby, Ibrahimovic said: “Hammarby is a fantastic club with passionate supporters and is well respected in both Stockholm and Sweden,” Ibrahimovic told Hammarby’s website.

I have always liked the club and its fans, and I’m also impressed with the club’s achievements over the last years, both on and off the pitch. To be part of and to assist Hammarby in its progress feels both fun and exciting.”
The 38-year-old, who is a free agent after leaving LA Galaxy earlier this month, also published a post on Instagram with his surname on the back of a Hammarby shirt, though he has made clear he has no intention of playing for the club.
I’ve said for 10 years that I’m not going to play football in the Allsvenskan. It’s not going to happen,” he told Aftonbladet.

 

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