Paris - A day after scoring a brilliant hat-trick, Paris Saint-Germain's
tempestuous striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has stayed away from a
disciplinary hearing on Thursday which could impose a long ban for his comments
attacking France and its referees.
The 33-year-old Swedish star
faces up to five matches on the Ligue 1 sidelines for a widely televised
rant in which he said France did not deserve a team like the
star-studded Paris Saint-Germain because of the way it is treated.
did not turn up for the French league's disciplinary commission
hearing. He was represented by a lawyer and two Paris Saint Germain
officials. The commission could impose a four-match ban on Ibrahimovic
and activate a suspended one-match ban imposed in January.
will already be missing for the Champions League quarter-final first
leg against Barcelona next week after his sending off against Chelsea in
the last 16.
The hearing has tarnished another stellar week for
the Swede whose hat-trick in a 4-1 French Cup semi-final win over Saint
Etienne took him to 102 goals for Paris Saint-Germain in less than three
He is now only seven goals behind the club record 107 by Portuguese star Pauleta.
But the Swede's stormy personality keeps getting him in trouble.
was banned for two matches in February for a foul on Saint-Etienne's
Romain Hamouma which was not immediately seen by the referee but was
caught on video. Another match ban was suspended.
since been banned by UEFA for his sending off against Chelsea. And
televised images were again his downfall against Bordeaux in March.
at referee decisions in the game which PSG lost despite Ibrahimovic's
two goals, the Swede appeared to insult a match official as he left the
And he went on: "In 15 years, I have never seen such a
referee. In this shit country, this country does not deserve PSG. We are
too good for this country."
Amid a political furore, Ibrahimovic quickly made a video apology for the comments.
Ibrahimovic in domineering form, Paris will miss him for any lengthy
suspension as they target an unprecedented domestic championship, French
Cup and League Cup treble.
Paris coach Laurent Blanc reckons a quadruple with the Champions League is also possible.
reports said Ibrahimovic's representatives will plead that the
outspoken player was not targeting any particular individual in his
No matter the punishment, Ibrahimovic will be eligible to play in Saturday's League Cup final against Bastia.