Watch: Ibrahimovic booked for provoking Roma fans after being abused

By Oliver Fisher -

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was booked by referee Fabio Maresca after he responded to abuse from Roma fans following his goal at the Stadio Olimpico.

Roma fans were chanting “Sei uno zingaro” at Ibrahimovic, which means “You are a gypsy”. After he scored his free-kick to make it 1-0, the Swede told the fans to sing louder and the referee booked him for provocation. The incident can be seen below, and it certainly seems to be a terrible bit of judgement from Maresca.

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  1. So, the players have to remain silent when they’re being racially abused because if you do or say something, anything (Zlatan wasn’t even remotely aggresive towards the crowd abusing him, just ironic) you get booked 🤡

  2. This is total Bull****. As a player I have to take it all in when I am provoke by the fans, because I might get booked for standing against it. Where the hell is this referee from? Is there even a Football Association in Italy?? Ibra gets a card for standing up against racial chants, Kessie got lucky because he didn’t. Bravo ref!!!

  3. This is what is wrong in Italy. Player gets racially abused and the ref gives HIM a card/???? INSANE. Disgusting. Italy just doesn’t get it. Starts from the top down. The league is clueless when it comes to racism. What a disgrace and a shame.

  4. I don’t understand the Referee in Roma – Milan match. He just wants to show as many yellow cards as possible. It’s very poor referee for the almost 10yellow cards. I don’t see Roma-Milan is a 10yellow card harsh match. Better send to Serie B.
    Sometimes I wonder Serie A is very bad with referee, then the situation in Serie B is much more worst

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