Outrage as Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s statue set on fire and his home vandalised by Malmo fans

Zlatan Ibrahimovic announced on Wednesday that he had become a part-owner of Swedish side Hammarby.

 

“Hammarby is a great club, with passionate supporters and a respected history in Stockholm and throughout Sweden,” said Ibrahimovic, per the BBC.

 

“I am excited for the opportunity to continue my relationship with AEG while supporting one of the most interesting and influential clubs in Sweden.”

 

But the news did not go down well with Malmo supporters.

 

Zlatan was treated as a hero by Malmo fans. The legendary striker started his career there, scoring 18 times in 47 games before moving to Ajax.

 

But they consider Hammarby as rivals and thus many fans lost respect for the 38-year-old following the news.

 

Zlatan had a statue put up outside of Malmo’s ground just last month. Reports emerged yesterday that fans had defaced it in anger about his purchase of Hammarby.

 

And now things have escalated even further.

 

Videos emerged on social media yesterday of fans setting the statue on fire.

 

And things have continued to escalate.

 

Overnight, Malmo fans have even gone to Ibrahimovic’s house in Stockholm and vandalised it.

 

Per Swedish outlet Aftonbladet, the word ‘Judas’ was written on his front door.

 

A placard was also left, which appeared to read ‘RIP’.

 

Police have promised to take action but at the moment there are no suspects for the damage.

 

Crazy. Kaveh Hosseinpour, the vice-chair of the Malmo supporters’ group, summed up the fans’ feelings about Zlatan.

 

“Of the reactions I have sent to me so far, I have not heard anyone who thinks this is good,” he told fotballskanalen.

 

“Everyone is extremely critical. Some are disappointed, some are angry and some think it is idiotic.

 

“He has probably lost his grip on what he means to Malmo. He misunderstands his position a little when he says that Malmo will be happy for his sake.

 

“That statue will no longer matter now, considering where it stands and what he does now. He actively wants another club to be better than the club that made him what he is.”

 

Malmo fans once considered Zlatan a hero, but he is now very much a villain.

 

Zlatan may already regret his decision to buy a stake in Hammarby.

 

 



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