Zlatan Ibrahimovic was behind Milan’s first two goals in the game against Parma last night, assisting the first and helping set up the other. However, his performance was tainted by a red card in the second half.
Upon closer inspection though, with the help of TV images, the sending off remains a mystery and that was highlighted by Gazzetta Dello Sport (via MilanNews) this morning. The striker shouldn’t have been sent off, but a yellow was warranted.
Ibrahimovic will be suspended for at least one game but everything will depend on the report of referee Fabio Maresca, who seemingly misunderstood the striker. The 39-year-old denied insulting the referee, as was confirmed by Stefano Pioli.
During an argument between the two, Maresca allegedly said: “I don’t care what you say”. To which, Ibrahimovic replied: “It seems strange to me that you don’t care what I say”. Instead of ‘sembra strano’, the referee heard ‘sei un bastardo’, which would have warranted a red card.