Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Vandals overturn bronze statue of the Swedish star


The statue has since been repaired and the Swedish Football Association (SvFF) has asked the police to take action.

"With anger and great disappointment, we find that the Zlatan statue has been destroyed again," said SvFF general secretary Håkan Sjöstrand in a statement.

"Zlatan Ibrahimovic is Sweden's greatest football player of all time. His importance on and off the field was enormous."

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Vandals have previously cut off the statue's nose.

The statement added: "It is understandable that the decisions Zlatan Ibrahimovic made evokes emotions, but it is completely unacceptable for some people to give in to their disappointment with vandalization and injury.

"There are no excuses for this disrespectful harm. It has to stop. We hope that all the good people tick against these criminal acts and the police find the blame."

Vandals hang a toilet seat and a Swedish football shirt on the statue.

In November, fans of Malmo were upset when Ibrahimovic bought a 25 percent stake in top Swedish competitor Hammarby, which prompted them to saw the statue off, set it on fire and spray racist graffiti on it.

Earlier cases of vandalism included fans hanging a toilet seat on the arm of the statue and covering their faces with a Swedish soccer jersey.

The statue, which was only unveiled in October, was intended to honor Ibrahimovic's exploits both with the national team and at club level.

The 38-year-old recently moved to the former AC Milan club after leaving the MLS team LA Galaxy.