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The Los Angeles Lakers superstar also pointed out that Ibrahimovic clearly didn't feel the same way about spotlighting social injustices when the 39-year-old called out racism in his native Sweden.The Los Angeles Lakers superstar also pointed out that Ibrahimovic clearly didn't feel the same way about spotlighting social injustices when the 39-year-old called out racism in his native Sweden just three years ago.
(Reuters) - UEFA have opened a disciplinary investigation after AC Milan's Zlatan Ibrahimovic was subjected to racist abuse in last week's Europa League match against Red Star Belgrade in Serbia, European football's governing body said on Wednesday.
Serbian media reported that Ibrahimovic, who has Bosnian roots, was insulted by an individual seated in the Red Star stadium's VIP box during the Feb. 18 clash.
"An Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector has been appointed today to conduct a disciplinary investigation regarding incidents which occurred during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match," UEFA said in a statement.
No fans attended the match because of COVID-19 restrictions and Ibrahimovic was seated in the stadium's west tier behind the dugouts along with other Milan substitutes and staff.
Red Star apologised to Ibrahimovic in a statement last week and said they would work with authorities to identify the offender.
Red Star drew 2-2 with Milan in the first leg of the round-of-32 clash, with Ibrahimovic an unused substitute for Milan.
(Reporting by Ian Ransom in Melbourne; Editing by Peter Rutherford)
Ibrahimović performs at the Sanremo festival .
© Supplied by Sofoot When Zlatan does Zlatan. Zlatan Ibrahimović was injured in his groin against AS Roma last Sunday and sidelined for ten days, and can now focus more calmly on his role as co-host of the Sanremo Festival, which takes place this week. Born in 1951 to promote tourism in this seaside town in northwestern Italy, the festival has since grown into a way to showcase the new faces of Italian variety.