Zlatan Ibrahimovic investigated over gun gesture
Paris Saint Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is being investigated by a French league disciplinary commission after he made a gun gesture with his hand and pointed toward the Toulouse bench during their encounter last weekend.
The 32-year-old made the gesture whilst being substituted in the second half of the 2-0 victory after a row with Toulouse defender Abel Aguilar.
However, there have been claims that the gesture was aimed at defender Jonathan Zebina instead. The defender and Ibrahimovic were teammates together at Juventus, although they never got on.
On Thursday, Toulouse manager Alain Casanova said: “They’re not gestures that I like or appreciate on a football pitch.
“Afterwards, it’s difficult to explain to children that you shouldn’t do these kind of things. I’m convinced that, seeing these images again, even he must regret this gesture.”
The French football authorities will also gather evidence about the incident from the Toulouse side, the assistant referee and the fourth official to compile their case.
In his new book, Ibrahimovic wrote that he had hit Zebina after being fouled by the former French international.
But the French defender told RMC: “Maybe he needed publicity for his book. He sold lots of them, and that’s good for him.
“It’s better to say ‘I caught him with a good right and he fell to the ground’ than ‘my fingernail brushed his eye’.”
At this rate there will be plenty of new material for Ibrahimovic’s next memoir.