News arrived yesterday confirming that the Federal Prosecutor’s Office has decided to open an investigation into the dispute that broke out between Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Romelu Lukaku in the Coppa Italia game between Milan and Inter.
As MilanLive reports, prosecutor Giuseppe Chiné opened the proceedings yesterday morning and has asked referee Paolo Valeri for his observations, which will be used to determine what words he heard the players use.
The Sporting Judge has already disqualified Ibrahimovic and Lukaku for one game each in the Coppa Italia, but there could yet be tougher punishments to face.
Chinè wants to clarify the matter, and if Valeri reveals that he did not hear the insults, then he will proceed with the analysis of the audio and video to study everything in detail.
The newspaper Tuttosport explains that profanity could fall under article 4 of the Sports Justice Code which punishes conduct contrary to loyalty, correctness and sporting probity. To understand if Zlatan’s phrase about “voodoo” will be considered a violation of art. 28 on ” discriminatory behaviour” or if it is just “seriously unsportsmanlike conduct”.
According to il Corriere dello Sport, Ibrahimovic would risk 10 days of disqualification in the Italian Cup or a timed disciplinary sanction if the Federal Prosecutor considers the expression used discriminatory.
Meanwhile, il Corriere della Sera also reports that both strikers risk being disqualified for a time period rather than just one game.