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Zlatan scolded over tattoo ‘publicity stunt’

Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc has told reporters that his star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was wrong to take his shirt off to celebrate a goal as part of a United Nations anti-hunger campaign.

Zlatan scolded over tattoo 'publicity stunt'
Swedish footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Photo: AFP
After scoring PSG's opening goal in Saturday's 2-2 draw with Caen in Ligue 1, the Swede took off his shirt to reveal his tattooed torso.
   
Ibrahimovic picked up a booking for the celebration, although he explained on Sunday that the removable tattoos were the names of people around the world suffering from hunger.
   
The campaign is being organised by the UN's World Food Programme.
 
 
  
Blanc said: "I knew he was involved with them but I personally wasn't aware of the tattoos. I knew there was something planned for after the match but that's all.
   
"He scored very early on and took off his shirt. If it was to show off his tattoos we certainly saw them and it was a successful initiative. But it cost us a yellow card.
   
"Imagine if the match had heated up and he got a second yellow. The intention was good, but I don't know if it was a good thing to take off his shirt.
   
"I hope he doesn't do it again tomorrow," added Blanc on the eve of PSG's Champions League last 16, first leg against Chelsea at the Parc des Princes.
 
 

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‘Legend’ Zlatan Ibrahimovic announces he will leave PSG

Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic announced on Friday that he would be leaving PSG at the end of the season.

'Legend' Zlatan Ibrahimovic announces he will leave PSG
Photo: Thibault Camus/TT

The giant striker announced his departure from PSG on Twitter in true Ibrahimovic style. 

'My last game tomorrow at Parc des Princes. I came like a king, left like a legend,” he wrote on his Twitter account in English, a sign that despite after four years in the French capital he didn't quite pick up the local lingo.

 

In a later statement PSG said: “After discussions between Paris Saint-Germain and the agent of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the club and the player have mutually decided not to renew his contract.

“They have also agreed that once his playing career is over, Ibra will join the management of the club in a position of responsability.”

In the meantime, Ibrahimovic will make his French swansong as a player when he turns out for Sweden at Euro 2016 in June.

Ibrahimovic, who once said Paris should replace the Eiffel Tower with a statue of himself,  won four consecutive league titles with PSG, as well as three League Cups. 

But both he and the club came up short in their bid to be crowned champions of Europe.

There had been speculation about whether he would remain in Paris for one further season in the hope he could get his hands on the elusive Champions League trophy.

But in the end Ibrahimovic, who spent four years at Paris after signing from Milan, has decided the time is right to walk away.

There have been rumours he is set to join LA Galaxy in the US Major League Soccer, while reports also linked hil to a move to England's Premier League or his former Club AC Milan. 

His last game at the home of PSG will be against Nantes on Saturday, although he will be expected to feature in the French cup final between PSG and Marseille at the national Stade de France stadium on May 21st.

He leaves with a healthy trophy haul but also having become the top scorer in the club's history in just four years and recently was crowned the best player in Ligue 1 for the third time in four years.

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Photo: AFP