Milan’s Ibrahimovic receives apology from Red Star Belgrade for ethnic abuse

Red Star Belgrade apologised for ethnic abuse aimed at AC Milan forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic during their Europa League clash on Thursday.

The two sides met in the Serbian capital and Ibrahimovic, who is a Swedish national of Bosnian origin, was the victim of abuse from the sections of the home crowd.

A video circulating on social media showed a man shouting a derogatory word used in Serbia for Muslims at Ibrahimovic.

“As a club, we have done everything to ensure that the organisation of the match was up to the level of the two big clubs, and we will not allow one primitive individual to cast a stain on the traditionally well-known hospitality of our country and our people,” the statement read.

“Red Star, in cooperation with the relevant authorities, will find the aforementioned individual and insist on him bearing all the consequences of such behaviour.”

The match finished 2-2 with Red Star, who were down to 10 men, scored a stoppage time goal to earn a 2-2 draw.

Red Star fans are notorious for violent outbursts in the stands that often include ethnic insults against Bosnians, Croatians and Kosovars with whom Serbia fought wars during the bloody breakup of the former Yugoslavia in the 1990’s.

Information from AP was used in this report

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