Di Marzio: Referee completely misunderstood Ibrahimovic – what he thought he heard

By Isak Möller -

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was sent off in Milan’s encounter with Parma last night and that put his teammates in some difficulty, although they won 3-1 in the end. However, the red card was very strange and by the looks of it, incorrect.

The 39-year-old got into an argument with the referee, Fabio Maresca, in the 60th minute after a few decisions that didn’t go Milan’s way. Surprisingly, it ended with a red card and the Milan players were in just as much shock as the striker himself.

As reported by Gianluca Di Marzio, Ibrahimovic was heard saying: “So you don’t care what I’m saying? It seems strange to me”. However, instead of the last part which is ‘sembra strano’, the referee heard ‘sei un bastardo’.

A very big difference indeed, as the latter means ‘you are a bastard’. Had Ibrahimovic said that, then the red card would have been justified, but judging from the TV images it’s pretty clear that he didn’t and everything will depend on Maresca’s report now.

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Tags AC Milan Fabio Maresca Serie A Zlatan Ibrahimovic


  1. Even I, who do not know Italian, hear that Zlatan says “sembra strano” hay ….. It must be enough proof that the red card was wrong so that suspension due to the red card is revoked …. or?

    I also think that there is too much talk between players and referees at all … Thank you, I know when Collina refereed, so it would be today as well … a grace to still pray for ….

    1. The referee just didn’t like ibra. Before this incident, zlatan was pushed and faulted several times and the referee not even blinked. Is as he knew this will piss zlatan off and planned to give hime the red card. Who knows, maybe this referee is inter/juve fan… Who knows?

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