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Step Aside and cool off! Zlatan, Lukaku get match ban

head to head Ibrah versus lukaku


Following their confrontation in the Coppa Italia derby on Tuesday, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Romelu Lukaku have been told to go and sin no more but miss one match each.

Both players were booked by referee Paolo Valeri after clashing towards the end of the first-half – and both are now banned for their next respective Coppa Italia clash.

Inter Milan forward Lukaku was already on a yellow card so will miss Inter’s semi-final first leg against Juventus next week, while Milan’s Ibrahimovic is also banned for one-game after picking up a second yellow card during the game, though the suspension is just for Coppa Italia games and so will come into force next season.

However, the Italian Football Federation can still open an investigation to assess any possible discrimination as they are yet to receive the referee’s report on the incident, according to Sky Sport Italia.

The former Manchester United team-mates got into it during the dying moments of the first half at the San Siro, in a highly-charged derby which saw Inter come out on top 2-1 in the Coppa Italia quarter-finals.

Lukaku and Ibrahimovic were involved in a verbal joust before they bumped heads having not seen eye-to-eye, which resulted in both being booked by referee Valeri.

As both were booked and pulled apart, Ibrahimovic can be heard yelling at Lukaku: ‘Go do your voodoo s***, you little donkey.’

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After some users online interpreted Ibrahimovic’s ‘voodoo’ insult as a racist slur, he tweeted: ‘In ZLATAN’s world there is no place for RACISM. We are all the same race – we are all equal!!’



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