UEFA to investigate reports of Zlatan being racially abused

Ibrahimovic was sitting in the stands as a substitute during AC Milan's away game against Red Star Belgrade when he was allegedly thrown insults as shown in the footage.

AC Milan's Zlatan Ibrahimovic controls the ball during warm up before the Europa League round of 32 first leg soccer match between Red Star and AC Milan at the Rajko Mitic Stadium in Belgrade, Serbia, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021.   -  AP

UEFA appointed a disciplinary investigator on Tuesday to look at allegations of Zlatan Ibrahimovic being racially abused when AC Milan played at Red Star Belgrade last week.

Ibrahimovic was sitting in the stands as a substitute during the Europa League game in Serbia and footage appeared to detail insults shouted at him.

The alleged abuse targeted Ibrahimovic’s Balkan family roots. He was born in Sweden to parents from Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Croatia.

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Though no tickets were sold to fans for the round of 32 game, Red Star club officials and guests were in the main stand.

UEFA disciplinary rules hold home clubs responsible for incidents inside their stadium. The governing body gave no timetable for its investigator to report to the disciplinary committee.

Milan hosts the second leg on Thursday after drawing in Belgrade 2-2.