Crimson Star Belgrade apologised to AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Friday after he was focused with repeated ethnic insults from followers throughout a Europa League match that was imagined to be performed with out supporters within the stands.
Newbie footage confirmed Ibrahimovic, who has Bosnian and Croatian roots, being repeatedly focused with the slurs as he sat within the stands as an alternative through the 2-2 draw between the 2 groups on Thursday.
The 39-year-old Swedish star sat with out exhibiting emotion regardless of derogatory phrases for Bosnian nationals being directed at him in Serbian, a language he understands.
Crimson Star issued a press release on Friday “sincerely apologizing” to Ibrahimovic and promising to punish the wrongdoer when he is discovered.
“Crimson Star condemns within the strongest phrases the offensive remarks directed at Zlatan Ibrahimovic,” the assertion mentioned. “As a membership we’ve got performed all the pieces to make sure that the group of the match is on the stage of the 2 nice groups and we won’t enable a single primitive particular person to throw a stain on the standard hospitality of our nation and our folks.”
The match ought to have been performed with no followers attending due to COVID-19 restrictions. However quite a few Crimson Star followers apparently gained entry to the highest of the stands that had been reserved just for officers.
Crimson Star followers are infamous for violent outbursts within the stands that usually embrace ethnic insults towards Bosnians, Croatians and Kosovars with whom Serbia fought wars through the bloody breakup of the previous Yugoslavia within the 1990’s.