Serbia’s champions Red Star Belgrade on Friday strongly condemned racist slogans chanted at Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, throughout their Europa League final 32 first leg with AC Milan. “Red Star most strongly condemns insults addressed to Ibrahimovic during Thursday’s match,” the membership stated in a press release and apologised to the participant, whose father is a Bosnian. N1 regional tv broadcast scenes of Ibrahimovic, who didn’t play however was sitting on the stadium, because the voice of a person chanting to him “stinky Balija” a number of instances could be heard. The latter is a pejorative identify for Bosnian Muslims utilized by Serbian nationalists.
Red Star pledged to cooperate carefully with the authorities to establish the person.
The match, which resulted in a 2-2 draw, was performed with out spectators within the stands due to the coronavirus pandemic.
However, the stadium’s hospitality containers on the highest of its western stands, that may accommodate a number of hundred individuals, have been packed.
Tickets for these seats are normally not placed on sale however are given both to the membership’s company or to journalists.
Serbia has lengthy had an issue of racism in soccer.
In 2018, Red Star have been ordered to play two residence European matches behind closed doorways by UEFA as punishment for racist chanting by their supporters, throughout a Champions League qualifier in opposition to Suduva of Lithuania.
The earlier 12 months, Brazilian star Everton Luiz, taking part in for Partizan Belgrade, was diminished to tears by the monkey chants he obtained from followers of native rivals Rad.
Further again in 2012, Belgrade was the scene of a mass brawl on the finish of an U21 Euro qualifier between Serbia and England.
Serbian followers, who had been monkey chanting England’s Danny Rose, invaded the pitch whereas gamers and administration of the 2 groups exchanged insults and blows.
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