Angry Malmo fans continue to vandalise the statue dedicated to Zlatan Ibrahimovic outside their stadium.

The Sweden legend upset the supporters of his hometown club by purchasing a sizeable stake in their bitter rivals Hammarby.

In October, Ibrahimovic was honoured with a 9ft statue, created by Swedish artist Peter Linde, outside Malmo’s stadium.

The statue was only unveiled in October

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The statue was only unveiled in October

News of his investment in their rivals did not go down well with fans of his first professional club.

Angry Malmo fans made their feelings clear by pouring lighter fluid on the Zlatan statue last month and used flares to set it alight.

It also had a toilet seat hung from the arm of the statue and a sheet taped over its head.


Vandals have now tried to saw through the ankles and feet of the statue in the latest incident.

This has forced police to put a fence around it to try and prevent further damage being done.

While Ibrahimovic will be part-owner of Hammarby, he will not play for the club.

The former Manchester United striker had been linked with Tottenham before Jose Mourinho ruled out a move, but the 38-year-old expected to return to Serie A to see out his playing career.

Malmo police spokesperson Eva-Gun Westford told BBC Sport police would look at CCTV to try and identify the culprits.

“Someone tried to saw the feet,” she said. “There is a risk now it could fall and we have placed a fence around it.”

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The statue’s artist Peter Linde has appealed for people to stop the vandalism.

He told Sportbladet: “People act like they’re at war, but this isn’t war, it’s about football. It is so insane that one cannot respect that Zlatan is a free man.

“I want the statue to be repaired and restored and for those who are doing this to realize how stupid they are.”

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