Sports Serie A: "You are not Zlatan": Ibra with Corona appeal
Ibrahimovic returns for virus-affected Milan derby
MILAN — There will be no smoke billowing across the stadium from ultras’ flares, no fans taunting each other with chants and flags, no roars as the teams walk out. It will still be the Milan derby, though. A strange atmosphere at San Siro awaits on Saturday when Inter Milan hosts city rival AC Milan with only 1,000 fans allowed in the 80,000-seat stadium because of the coronavirus pandemic. There were even some doubts last week about whether the derby would go ahead because of rising COVID-19 cases in both squads. The virus has ruled out Inter players Ashley Young, Alessandro Bastoni, Milan Škriniar, Radja Nainggolan, Roberto Gagliardini and Ionut Radu.
striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic from AC Milan has drawn attention to the Corona rules as part of a campaign in the Italian region of Lombardy. In a video, the Swede, who recently recovered from a corona infection, called out the importance of wearing mouth and nose protection and keeping your distance.
"The virus challenged me and I won, but you are not Zlatan," emphasized the eccentric 39-year-old: "Don't challenge the virus. Turn on your head, follow the rules, keep your distance and wear a mask! How will win, "was his message.
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Ibrahimovic had tested positive for the corona virus on September 24th and then missed the league games against Crotone and Spezia. In mid-October he celebrated his comeback after two weeks of quarantine in the city derby against Inter Milan and scored a brace.
In January Ibrahimovic returned to Milan after around seven and a half years, where he signed a new contract in the summer until July 2021. In the current season, the attacker scored a brace in three Serie A appearances and one goal in the Europa League qualification.
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