The statue has been the target of numerous attacks since the Swedish footballer invested in Stockholm-based Hammarby, angering supporters of Malmo FF, the club where he began his professional career
Zlatan Ibrahimovic's statue in his hometown of Malmo was vandalised overnight Saturday, Swedish police reported.
The statue has been the target of numerous attacks since the Swedish footballer invested in Stockholm-based Hammarby, angering supporters of Malmo FF, the club where he began his professional career.
In November, a day after his investment in Hammarby, Ibrahimovic filed a "hate crime" complaint after the statue was attacked with fire and paint and the word 'Judas' daubed across the front door of his Stockholm home.
In the latest incident the statue had collapsed against the barrier protecting it, its feet partially chopped off.
A statue of Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been toppled outside Malmo's stadium.— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) January 5, 2020
This the latest attack by vandals, unhappy after the former Sweden striker invested in a rival club.
In full ➡ https://t.co/b6SRK1StWw pic.twitter.com/Gzp2jGGsXF
"A vandalism complaint has been lodged," a police spokesperson told AFP.
There are calls from local inhabitants for the statue outside Malmo's city stadium to be moved.
"I can understand that many people are disappointed in Zlatan's behaviour but vandalising a statute is simply unworthy. Better to express your dissatisfaction in a democratic way," Malmo deputy mayor Frida Trollmyr told AFP.
📅 9 Oct— SPORF (@Sporf) January 5, 2020
🇸🇪 @Malmo_FF put a statue of @Ibra_Official outside their ground.
📅 26 Nov
😬 @Ibra_Official buys shares in rival club @HammarbyFotboll.
📅 27 Nov
😳 Statue is set on fire.
📅 22 Dec
👃 Statue's nose is cut off.
📅 5 Jan
😱 Statue is sawn down by the ankle. pic.twitter.com/R3OYPjwf2E
A citizens' initiative to move the sculpture will be considered in February, she added.
Ibrahimovic, 38, is set to make his debut for former club AC Milan in Serie A on Monday after signing a six-month contract with the former European champions last week.