Controversial forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been given a four match ban for his comments during Paris Saint-Germain’s shock loss against Bordeaux in March, in which he branded France “a s**t country”, as reported by Goal.
The 33-year-old was filmed during his outburst, screaming at officials after PSG lost 3-2 against Ligue 1 opposition Bordeaux. His words didn’t go down well with the French public at all, with even the Prime Minister having his say on the incident.
Ibrahimovic has since apologised for his tirade, insisting that he doesn’t actually feel that way about his current country of residence. The apology has fallen on deaf ears however, and he has been retrospectively banned for four games.
He will miss PSG’s fixtures against Nice, Lille, Metz, and Nantes, games which could prove vital in the race for the title.
The reigning champions have only recently knocked Lyon from top spot, and will be keen to hold onto it. The loss of their Swedish striker could seriously impact their title aspirations, and Lyon will surely be looking to take advantage.
Ibrahimovic will now be set for a lengthy rest, as he is facing a European ban as well as a domestic one. He was sent off during PSG’s massive win over Chelsea in the Champions League, and will therefore miss their clash with Barcelona.