Vandals have tried to topple a statue of striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic outside Malmo Stadium in Sweden by sawing at its feet, prompting police to erect a fence around it, the BBC has reported.
The statue has been a target of angry fans at Ibrahimovic’s hometown club ever since Sweden’s record international goalscorer announced he had acquired a stake in a rival team.
October 9: Swedish club Malmo put up a statue of Zlatan Ibrahimovic outside their stadium
November 26: Zlatan announces he's bought shares in rival club Hammarby
November 27: Malmo ultras vandalise Zlatan's statue
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Ibrahimovic made his name at Malmo FF before a trophy-laden career abroad but the announcement that he had taken a nearly 25% stake in Stockholm club Hammarby led Malmo fans to vent their ire on the 3.5-metre tall statue outside their club.
Fans scorched the statue with flares and sprayed racist messages on the ground nearby hours after the announcement on 27 November.
A Malmo police spokeswoman told the BBC that vandals had placed a rope around the neck of the statue in the early hours of Thursday morning and tried to saw through its feet.
"There is a risk now it could fall and we have placed a fence around it," the spokeswoman added.
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Updated Date: Dec 13, 2019 15:41:48 IST