Wednesday January 27 2021
Pogba: 'Ibrahimovic is not racist'

Paul Pogba rushed to the defence of his former Manchester United teammate Zlatan Ibrahimovic after the row with Romelu Lukaku. ‘He’s the last person I’d think of as racist.’

There was a furious bust-up between Lukaku and Ibrahimovic during last night’s Milan Derby Coppa Italia quarter-final.

“Zlatan... racist?” wrote Pogba on Twitter today.

“He loves me too much so he's the last person I'd think of as racist! Come on, don't joke with that one!”

The contents of the argument were analysed in the media based on the footage, and Ibrahimovic came under fire for telling Lukaku to ‘call your mother and do that voodoo ****.’

This was called racist by some, but Ibrahimovic was referencing a specific quote from a majority shareholder at Everton, who claimed Lukaku had turned down a new contract after a message from his mother who had visited a voodoo practitioner.

Lukaku has always denied this story and even threatened to sue, but it was in the headlines and Ibrahimovic evidently read it.