Zlatan Ibrahimovic targeted with anti-Muslim slurs

A fan of Serbian pro soccer team Red Star hurled anti-Muslim slurs at AC Milan (Italy) star Zlatan Ibrahimovic during a match on Feb. 19. The Red Star organization issued an apology to Ibrahimovic.

The 39-year-old Ibrahimovic is a Swedish national with Bosnian roots, born to a Muslim father and Catholic mother. He has not been open to the public about his own religious practices. During AC Milan’s match against Red Star in the Serbian capital of Belgrade, Ibrahimovic — who was not playing — was taunted by a fan calling him a name in Serbian that is derogatory to Muslims.

“Red Star vehemently condemns abusive chants to Zlatan Ibrahimovic during the Europa League match with AC Milan,” the team said in a press release. “The club did everything in its power to organize the event on a high level and we will not allow a primitive individual to stain Serbia’s traditional hospitality.

“We will work with the authorities to identify the offender and we will also insist that he is punished to the full extent of the law.”

Ibrahimovic has played on the senior pro level since 1999 for a number of clubs. His longest stint was with Paris Saint-Germain in France’s Ligue 1, where he was named league Player of the Year three times. This is his second season with AC Milan. Ibrahimovic played for Sweden’s national team in the FIFA World Cup in 2002 and 2006.

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  1. This is ethno-nationalistic hatred mixed with anti-Muslim hatred – recent history (since 1990 onward) has been marred by shameful controversies related to the fact that the Red Star FC was and still is hub of most virulent Serbian ethno-religious nationalism and chauvinism, and its supporters groups and organisations were pool for recruitment of volunteers for the war Serbia and Serbs waged against Bosnia and Bosnian Muslims, committing numerous war-crimes in Bosnia against its Muslims. Their leader was world-wide known gangster-turned Serb paramilitary general during the Bosnian war-turned war-criminal slaughtering uncounted number of Muslim civilians-turned elected politician in Serbia later on, Željko Ražnjatović Arkan. He also took effective control over the Red Star FC, partly because he controlled tifosi he lead during the Red Star games as “Delije”, and who became “Arkan’s Tigers” paramilitary formation of Serbian military during the assault on Bosnia and Bosnian Muslims, and partly ge was simply considered powerful and a hero in Serbia – until he was assassinated in 2000 in Belgrade, gangsta style :-).

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