Serie A - Ibrahimovic again accused of 'slap'

Thu, 09 Feb 14:03:00 2012

Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been accused of slapping Juventus goalkeeper Marco Storari, just days after being sent off for striking Napoli's Salvatore Aronica.

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The claim comes from Storari’s team-mate defender Giorgio Chiellini, who feels the incident during his side’s 2-1 victory in the Coppa Italia semi-final first leg bore a striking resemblance to the Napoli dismissal and should have resulted in the same punishment.

The Swede was eligible for the cup fixture after Milan had appealed his three-match ban for the red card in Sunday’s goalless draw at the San Siro, but Italy international Chiellini hopes further punishment is dished out in retrospect.

"What happened at the end of the game with Ibrahimovic? I wasn’t involved, but the same thing that happened between Ibrahimovic and Aronica last Sunday happened with Storari now," Chiellini said.

"I hope that someone spotted the incident and that it will have consequences. Of course, things happen during a game, but you deserve to be punished if you make a mistake like this.

"Nothing dangerous happened, but the gesture he made was the same as what he did last weekend."

Massimo Ambrosini leapt to the defence of his Milan team-mate, however.

"I think Chiellini should avoid taking this stance because it is unpleasant and out of place," the Milan midfielder said.

"If an incident took place, then fine. But going to spy on him or searching for a culprit almost forcibly in the press room is something that should not happen."

The two sides are on the road when they resume their battle for the Serie A title this weekend, with defending champions Milan heading to third-placed Udinese on Saturday while league leaders Juventus are hosted by Bologna on Sunday.


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