After damage to his statue and further attacks against him, the Swedish star footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic filed a complaint. "We investigate for vandalism and racist threats," said a police spokesman for the AFP news agency, "Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the plaintiff."
Previously, strangers had attacked the first erected in early October Ibrahimovic statue in Malmö: they threw the huge statue with smoke flares on the floor they sprayed "Cigani dö" (Bosnian "gypsy" and Swedish "die"). At the door of his house in Stockholm was the word "Judas."
Who is behind the attacks, was initially unclear. But the day before, the 38-year-old football superstar had announced that it would take over around 25 percent of the shares in Stockholm's Hammarby football club - the rival of its home club Malmo FF. He visibly annoyed his Malmö fans.
"He has turned his back on the city"
Already on Wednesday hung angry fans of the Malmö FF a toilet seat over the arm of the statue. By Thursday afternoon, an online petition requesting the immediate removal of the statue had collected 7,000 signatures.
"He turned his back on the city and everything that made him what he is," said Vice President of a Malmö FF fan club, Kaveh Hosseinpour, TV4. Ibrahimovic was born in Malmö, his mother is from Croatia, his father from Bosnia.
Ibrahimovic had come to Malmö FF in mid-1995, for the pros, he ran from 1999 in 40 games and scored 16 goals before moving to Ajax 2001 in the Dutch league. For the Swedish national team, the attacker played 116 times and is with 62 goals record scorer of his country.