Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic explained why he attacked Spanish defender Cesar Azpilicueta, defender of Chelsea and Spain, during the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
Ibrahimovic hit Azpilicueta during a corner kick for Sweden, with his shoulder from behind, and obtained a yellow card that would force him to miss the first match in the European playoff qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The players and the Spanish media protested the referee’s decision to accept only the yellow card, because Ibrahimovic’s mistake deserved to review the video technology “VAR” and obtain a red card from their point of view.
Ibrahimovic said in an interview with the British newspaper “The Guardian”: “I did it on purpose, I am not ashamed to say it, because he did something stupid to my teammate. It was stupid but I will continue to do it to make him understand that you should not do it.” .
“You don’t have the guts to do this against me. But I’ll show you what would happen if you did that to me, and that’s why you did it.”
The 40-year-old added: “It wasn’t a good thing for me, but I’m going to do it again. That’s me. I’m not ashamed to say it.”
He continued: “It is not about missing the play-off matches to qualify for the World Cup, but it is about making the player understand not to be disturbed by someone lying on the ground.”
Ibrahimovic concluded: “You don’t attack a dog that doesn’t bark. Attack a person who can do something. It’s very easy to pick my 20-year-old teammates and they are very nice guys. I hope he understands that now.”