Zlatan Ibrahimovic breaks his silence following bust-up with Romelu Lukaku

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has denied there was any racial intent behind the words he used in his a bust-up with his former Manchester United teammate Romelu Lukaku during last night’s ill-tempered Milan derby.

The veteran striker clashed with Lukaku on several occasions throughout a Copa Italia clash which was ultimately decided by Christian Eriksen’s dramatic injury-time free kick.

Ibrahimovic had earlier given his side the lead, only for Lukaku to equalise from the penalty spot, minutes after the former Barcelona and Juventus forward had been given his marching orders for a second bookable offence.

The pair had earlier been involved in an ugly altercation that saw Ibrahimovic plant his head on Lukaku’s chin, after which the pair exchanged insults that were picked up by the pitch-side microphones.

Ibrahimovic could be heard saying: ‘Go do your voodoo sh*t, you little donkey. Go do your voodoo sh*t. Call your mother!’

Ibrahimovic had been accused of racism in some quarters, but Milan have denied those claims with the reference to ‘voodoo’ said to be linked to Lukaku’s decision to turn down a new contract when he was at Everton, with the Toffees’ major shareholder Farhad Moshiri saying he did so because of a ‘voodoo message’.

Taking to Twitter on Wednesday, Ibrahimovic denied any notion of racism and linked to a video he had posted on his Instagram page last which shows two young boys from different racial backgrounds embracing.

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