Zlatan Ibrahimovic suspended four games for profane tirade of referee


Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been suspended four games by Ligue 1’s disciplinary commission following a profanity-laced tirade aimed at Lionel Jaffredo, the game official for Paris Saint-Germain’s 3-2 defeat at Bordeaux on March 15.

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Ibrahimovic, who can be seen here, shouting at the referee after the game and dropping a crystal-clear expletive in front of the camera, while saying France “doesn’t even deserve PSG … PSG shouldn’t even be in this country,” will miss Ligue 1 games against Nice, Lille, Metz and Nantes, and return just in time for the final three league games of the season.

Ibrahimovic will, however, be available for this Saturday’s French League Cup final against Bastia, as his suspension only starts next week. Essentially, league officials said to PSG, “Whenever you feel you don’t need him, you let us and know and that’s when we’ll ask him if he wants to sit out for maybe a few games.”

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Ibrahimovic’s availability for PSG’s UEFA Champions League quarterfinal clash with Barcelona, as the suspension is limited to domestic competition. With PSG just one point clear of second-placed Lyon for the league title and an unheard-of quadruple still within reach for PSG, now is hardly the ideal time for Laurent Blanc to lose his best player (11 goals in last 10 games) for the next four weeks.