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Ibrahimovic admits taunting Romelu Lukaku over his mum’s ‘voodoo rituals,’ says he asked his religious friends to pray for him against bad luck after their clash

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Ibrahimovic admits taunting Romelu Lukaku over his mum

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has finally opened up on his on-field bust-up with Romelu Lukaku in a San Siro derby back in January.

 

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The two teams met in the Coppa Italia and nearly came to blows in the first half of their quarter-final clash. They squared up and clashed heads, with Lukaku later chasing Ibrahimovic down the tunnel claiming the Swede had made a remark about his mother.

 

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Ibrahimovic, who was sent off in the game, later denied making any racially aggravated remarks towards Lukaku.

 

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However, according to Football Italia, Ibrahimovic has finally admitted taunting him over his mother’s alleged ‘voodoo rituals’.

 

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‘He first argued with [Alessio] Romagnoli, then with [Alexis] Saelemaekers,’ Ibrahimovic said.

‘I intervened to defend my teammates and Lukaku attacked me on a personal level. I was shocked. We even were teammates at Manchester United.

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Ibrahimovic admits taunting Romelu Lukaku over his mum

 

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‘Lukaku has a great ego, he thinks he’s a champion and he’s really strong. But I grew up in the Malmo ghetto, and when someone comes under me with his head down, I put him in his place. 

 

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And, as Ibrahimovic admits, he targeted him with a taunt about the alleged ‘voodoo rituals’ of his mother on the pitch. 

 

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”So, I hit him in his sweet spot: his Mum’s rituals. And he lost control,’ Ibrahimovic said.

 

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‘Although, I still have a terrible doubt… we lost that derby. I was sent off. Then I got injured. A lot of bad things happened. You’ll see that the Lukaku rituals really got me?

 

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‘I asked my believing friends to pray for me. I have to settle the bill with him too. I hope to meet him soon. On the street? No, these are things that must be resolved on the pitch. I don’t hate anyone, much less Lukaku.’ 

 

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Ibrahimovic was heard on camera telling Lukaku go do your voodoo s***’ which appeared to reference a story once told by Everton shareholder Farhad Moshiri. 

 

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He claimed that Lukaku turned down a new contract with the club because of a voodoo message he got after speaking to his mother telling him to go to Chelsea.

 

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Lukaku has always denied the story. A representative of his told BBC Sport in response to Moshiri’s claims: ‘Romelu’s decision had nothing to do with voodoo. 

 

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‘He distances himself from these beliefs and this statement and will now see what judicial steps can be taken in relation to them.’ 

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