Striker to be scrutinised for inappropriate and threatening behaviour.
Paris Saint Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is being investigated by a French league disciplinary commission later this month after he made a gun gesture with his hand and pointed toward the Toulouse bench during their encounter last weekend, ESPN reports.
The 32-year-old made the gesture whilst being substituted in the second half of the 2-0 victory after an altercation with Toulouse defender Abel Aguilar.
However, sources at Eurosport claim that the gesture may have been aimed at defender Jonathan Zebina instead. The defender and Ibrahimovic had been teammates together at Juventus, where they were known to share a rocky relationship.
On Thursday, Toulouse manager Alain Casanova said: “They’re not gestures that I like or appreciate on a football pitch.
“Afterwards, it’s difficult to explain to children that you shouldn’t do these kind of things. I’m convinced that, seeing these images again, even he must regret this gesture.”
The French football authorities will also gather evidence about the incident from the Toulouse side, the assistant referee and the fourth official to compile their case.
In his new book, Ibrahimovic wrote that he had hit Zebina after being on the end of a robust tackle from the former French international.
But the French defender told RMC: “Maybe he needed publicity for his book. He sold lots of them, and that’s good for him.
“It’s better to say ‘I caught him with a good right and he fell to the ground’ than ‘my fingernail brushed his eye’.”