Sweden football legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic's statue fenced off as Malmo fans vent fury over Hammarby deal

  • A fence has been placed around a statue of footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic and security guards have been keeping watch on it.

  • The statue was vandalised by Malmo football fans furious at the Swedish great for buying a stake in a rival club Hammarby.

  • Some angry Malmo supporters reacted by lighting fires at the base of a golden statue of the 38-year-old Ibrahimovic.

Malmo: A fence has been placed around a statue of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and security guards have been keeping watch after it was vandalised by Malmo football fans furious at the Swedish great for buying a stake in a rival club.

 Sweden football legend Zlatan Ibrahimovics statue fenced off as Malmo fans vent fury over Hammarby deal

A blue plastic bag and a toilet seat hang from the statue of Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Malmo. The text on the banner at the base reads: "Move immediately to Sodermalm." AP Photo

Ibrahimovic riled the fanbase of Malmo, the club where he started his career, by acquiring nearly 25 percent of Stockholm-based team Hammarby in his first move into soccer ownership.

Some angry Malmo supporters reacted by lighting fires at the base of a golden statue of the 38-year-old striker that was unveiled at his former club’s stadium last month. A discriminatory message was spray-painted in front of the monument, while a toilet seat was placed around one of the statue’s arms and a plastic bag put over its face.

Swedish newspapers reported on Thursday that a fence with tarpaulin has been put around the statue and that three cars from a security firm were parked close by. They also reported a property of Ibrahimovic’s in Stockholm has been vandalised, with “Judas” among the things written on his front door.

Ibrahimovic has yet to comment on the reaction.

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Updated Date: Nov 28, 2019 19:37:28 IST