Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been given a four-match ban by the French football league’s disciplinary committee for comments following a match between PSG and Bordeaux last month.
In an explosive, post-match tirade Ibrahimovic was caught on camera swearing at referee Lionel Jaffredo and one of his assistants before calling France a “shit country” that didn’t deserve Paris Saint Germain in it, according to The Guardian.
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Ibrahimovic later apologised for the incident after he was asked to say sorry by the French minister for sport.
Whilst the four-match suspension won’t affect his ability to play in the French League Cup final this weekend against Bastia, he will miss League games against Nice, Lille, Metz and Nantes.
And his absence could have a serious impact on PSG’s title charge, despite the defending Ligue 1 champions sitting top of the table they are just one point ahead of Lyon in second who already have a superior goal difference. Marseille are just five behind.
The Swede would have been banned for three games but the disciplinary committee activated a one-match ban that had been suspended earlier this season from an incident with a Saint-Etienne player.
Ibrahimovic’s comments caused public outcry in France with right-wing, Front National leader Marine Le Pen declaring if he was so unhappy in France then he should leave.