In AC Milan’s 3-1 Serie A win over Parma on Saturday, Zlatan Ibrahimovic was sent off with a straight red card. The Swedish striker may have been penalized for comments made against the referee.
A strange exclusion. At the hour mark of the match won 3-1 by AC Milan on the lawn of Parma FC, Zlatan Ibrahimovic received a direct red card. The Swedish giant, however, did not commit a fault on another player, and did not take the cabbage with an opponent either. A free kick had even been granted to the Milanese for a contact on Alexis Saelemaekers, at the height of the center line. But before the ball was played, the referee put his hand in his pocket to end the game for the 39-year-old goalscorer.
What did he say?
Only one possibility therefore remains: remarks disrespectful to the referee, Fabio Maresca. The first slow motion broadcast by Italian television did not clarify the matter. It would seem, however, as the Gazzetta dello Sport, that Zlatan Ibrahimovic was annoyed by a charge on his teammate Hakan Çalhanoğlu that the referee did not whistle.
Seeing the red card brandished, Zlatan Ibrahimovic expressed his incomprehension. His teammates then urged him not to escalate the situation, and to join the locker room.
A few minutes after this incident, Parma closed the gap thanks to Riccardo Gagliolo (66th). But AC Milan still won thanks to the goals of Ante Rebic (8th), Franck Kessié (44th) and Leao (94th). A result which allows the Rossoneri, second in the standings, to temporarily regain four points ahead of Juventus. Next game for them: April 18 against Genoa, in San Siro. And so it will be without “Ibra”.