Zlatan Ibrahimovic in big trouble after calling France a 's*** country'

Zlatan Ibrahimovic in big trouble after calling France a 's*** country'

Notoriously volatile footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic had a major rant caught on camera at the weekend - and it has made him very unpopular in the country he works in.

His side PSG were beaten by Bordeaux yesterday, despite Ibrahimovic scoring twice.

The Swedish striker clearly felt the officiating was to blame for the result and reacted by launching into a tirade against the assistant referee.

"In 15 years I've never seen a [good] referee in this s*** country,” he shouted. “It doesn't even deserve PSG. You're not playing with amateurs."

He also called the official a “f*****g a******e”.

Whatever about attacking the referees, his comments about the country have not gone down well in France, with calls from the French sports minister Patrick Kanner for him to apologise.

Ibrahimovic seems to have realised he has gone too far, posting an apology on Instagram last night.

He said: “Regarding my comments after tonights game; they were not against France or the French people.

I spoke about football. I lost the game, I accept that, but I can’t accept when the referee doesn’t follow the rules. It's not the first time, and I’m sick of it.

My sincere apologies if anyone was offended, or took it the wrong way.”

More in this Section

USA Rugby files for bankruptcy due to financial challenges caused by coronavirusUSA Rugby files for bankruptcy due to financial challenges caused by coronavirus

Home is where Downey’s heart is, but all eyes still on TokyoHome is where Downey’s heart is, but all eyes still on Tokyo

New meaning of playing at homeNew meaning of playing at home

Cork star Treacy primed and ready to face another battleCork star Treacy primed and ready to face another battle


Lifestyle

Interiors voyeurism will never go out of style – not least when we’re all confined to barracks and eyeing up neglected corners of our own residences that could do with TLC.Home of the Year: Three doors swing open tonight to offer us a welcome distraction

With (hopefully) better weather on the way along with the longer evenings, gardening and nature offer a nice distraction to the news cycle.Podcast Corner: Green fingers and creature comforts

From Kaia Gerber to Oprah Winfrey, why not let a famous face choose your next read?The 4 best celebrity book clubs to virtually join

The tips and home treatments to stop your skin from backsliding.The Skin Nerd: How can I maintain my skin results at home?

More From The Irish Examiner