Champions League

Ibrahimovic in TV Sacchi tiff

2010-09-16 13:27
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (AFP)

Rome - Zlatan Ibrahimovic quickly went from hero to villain following his winning brace for AC Milan in the Champions League against Auxerre.

Following the rossoneri's 2-0 success at the San Siro on Wednesday night, the Sweden forward was involved in an ugly bust-up with legendary former Milan and Italy coach Arigo Sacchi.

Sacchi, who won two European Cups and a Serie A title with Milan and guided Italy to the 1994 World Cup final, was a guest on Mediaset Premium's post-match programme and had joked that if it wasn't for Ibrahimovic's big feet -- European size 47s -- he wouldn't have scored the first goal.

Told of Sacchi's comments, the Swede exploded.

"Sacchi needs to learn how to shut up," he fired back about the 64-year-old Italian great, causing shock in the TV studio.

"He also seems jealous because he's talking too much, he needs to talk less about me on TV and in the newspapers.

"If he wants something he can come and see me about it. If you don't like the way I play, don't come and watch me."

That sparked an on-air argument between the pair as the presenter initially tried to explain that it wasn't a criticism.

"He also said things about me when I was at Barcelona," retorted Ibrahimovic.

"I believe I can express my opinion in a polite and correct way, I don't believe I've offended you," said Sacchi.

"When someone talks too much, they talk too much, you're one of those people. If you don't like the way I play, don't come and watch me," said Ibrahimovic.

"Let me explain," added Sacchi.

"You don't need to explain anything to me," spat Ibrahimovic.

"You need to learn some manners, son," concluded Sacchi.


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