Zlatan Ibrahimovic was insulted by a spectator during the meeting between Red Star Belgrade and AC Milan, which however took place behind closed doors.
Stupidity can therefore strike, even during a meeting behind closed doors. The proof with the meeting between the Red Star of Belgrade and theAC Milan, in the Europa League, where Zlatan Ibrahimovic was attacked by one of the few spectators in the Marakana stadium.
In a video that started circulating on Friday, the Swede can be seen being insulted several times by a man, who calls him “Stinky Balija.” Balija is a derogatory nickname given by Serbian nationalists to Bosnian Muslims, Ibrahimovic being of Bosnian descent by his father.
Jarring video of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is ethnically Bosnian, being harassed and having ethnic slurs spewed at him at the Red Star Belgrade game.
“Balija” is an ethnic slur for Bosniaks that’s been used for years by Serb nationalists especially as one of the biggest insults. pic.twitter.com/W5yB0Xuknn
– Arnesa Buljušmić-Kustura (@Rrrrnessa) February 19, 2021
The Red Star denounced these actions, and apologized to the Swedish giant. The match ended with a result of 2-2. Ibrahimovic, preserved for Sunday’s derby against Inter Milan, remained on the bench throughout the meeting.
Ibrahimovic apologized after the clash