Many were stunned when Zlatan Ibrahimovic got a red card against Parma last night, as it really came out of nowhere. Most of us assumed he had said something to the referee, but the TV images tell a different story.
By the looks of it, Fabio Maresca misunderstood the 39-year-old and thus handed out the red card. The striker told the referee ‘sembra strano’ (it seems strange) but the latter allegedly thought he said ‘sei un bastardo’ (you are a bastard).
In a video that was published on Twitter by @notgiorgiab, the full dialogue between Maresca, Ibrahimovic and eventually Gigio Donnarumma can be heard.
Ibra (in response to something Maresca said): “You go then. Go home, go home if you don’t care. If you don’t care, it seems strange to me eh (sembra strano).”
Donnarumma’s reaction to the red card: “But what did he do to you? What are you doing Maresca? You always want to be a protagonist.”
Ibra as he walked off the pitch: “But what did he understand?”