A group of supporters from Malmo are auctioning three replica noses based on the infamous statue of Swedish football superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Protestors auction fake noses of vandalised Ibrahimovic statue (Reuters Photo)
- Protestors auctioned fake noses of vandalised Ibrahimovic statue
- Zlatan’s statue’s nose was vandalised in a pre-Christmas attack in 2019
- One fake nose has been put up for auction online and received a bid of $500
Anonymous football fans in Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s hometown Malmo are auctioning three copies of the vandalized nose based on his infamous statue that was erected in his home city before it was removed and put in storage.
Zlatan’s statue’s nose was vandalised in a pre-Christmas attack in 2019. It also had its leg sawn off and a toe removed before being taken off its plinth in January 2020.
Notably, Zlatan, who won the Serie A title with AC Milan, had kickstarted his professional career at Malmo FF in 1999 and left for Ajax Amsterdam in 2001 before embarking on a career that has included top European teams such as Manchester United, Inter Milan and his current club AC Milan.
Once adored by the fans in Malmo, he angered them when he acquired a stake in Stockholm rivals Hammarby in 2019, saying he was going to turn them into Scandinavia’s biggest football club.
The protesters said Ibrahimovic was a ‘fool’ to choose money over love for his hometown and his club.
“With this initiative, we want to draw attention to the problems in Swedish and international football,” they said in a statement.
“Our aim is a football world where the supporters are at the center and no one should have to see their club bought up and changed overnight.
“Therefore, the profits from this initiative will go to purposes that promote the work against modern and commercial football, where the love of clubs and sports is at the centre.”
So far, one fake nose has been put up for auction online and received a bid of $500.