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Ibrahimovic, Lukaku Get One-Game Ban After Milan Derby Fight

Serie A stars Rumelu Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimovich have been banned for one game following their heated fight in the Milan derby on Tuesday.

Both players were booked by referee Paolo Valeri after clashing towards the end of the first-half and subsequently banned from their first Coppa Italia clash.

Inter Milan striker Lukaku was already on a yellow card before the clash and will miss the club’s semi-final first leg game against Juventus next week while AC Milan’s Ibrahimovich who was booked a second yellow card, was also banned from one Coppa Italia game.

MILAN, ITALY – JANUARY 26: Zlatan Ibrahimovic of AC Milan is shown a red card by referee Paolo Valeri for his second bookable offence during the Coppa Italia match between FC Internazionale and AC Milan at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 26, 2021 in Milan, Italy. Sporting stadiums around Italy remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images)

The two strikers got into a fight during the dying moments of the first half at the San Siro, in a highly-charged Milan derby which saw Inter come out on top 2-1 in the Coppa Italia quarter-finals. 

Both Lukaku and Ibrahimovic were involved in a verbal attack before they bumped heads having not seen eye-to-eye, which resulted in both being booked by referee Valeri. 

As both were booked and pulled apart, Ibrahimovic can be heard yelling at Lukaku: ‘Go do your voodoo s***, you little donkey.’ 

After some users online interpreted Ibrahimovic’s ‘voodoo’ insult as a racist slur, he tweeted: ‘In ZLATAN’s world there is no place for RACISM. We are all the same race – we are all equal!!’

However, the Swede could not resist a new jibe over their ongoing feud as to who is the king of Milan, adding: ‘We are all PLAYERS some better than others.’ 

The tension was palpable upon the half-time whistle with a livid Lukaku trying to chase Ibrahimovic down the tunnel – appearing to insinuate that the 39-year-old had made a comment about his mother.

The 27-year-old could be heard telling the AC Milan striker ‘f*** you and your wife, you little b****’ and ‘you want to speak about my mother!?’ as his Inter team-mates had to hold him back.

MILAN, ITALY – JANUARY 26: Romelu Lukaku of FC Internazionale clashes with Zlatan Ibrahimovic of AC Milan during the Coppa Italia match between FC Internazionale and AC Milan at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 26, 2021 in Milan, Italy. Sporting stadiums around Italy remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

After the interval, tempers had calmed down but Ibrahimovic found himself in trouble just 13 minutes after the restart when he was sent off for a second bookable offence.

The veteran Swede was shown his second yellow card of the match for a trip on Inter defender Aleksandar Kolarov – in an incident that changed the whole game.

Antonio Conte’s men bombarded the Milan goal but could not find a winner until substitute Christian Eriksen stepped up with a stoppage-time free kick to book his side a semi-final clash, and provide Lukaku with the last laugh in the process.

Meanwhile, the Italian Football Federation can reportedly still open an investigation to assess any possible discrimination, as they are yet to receive the referee’s report on the incident.  

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