AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is facing a possible 10-game ban if he is found guilty of racist abuse against Romelu Lukaku.
Ibrahimovic and Lukaku dominated the headlines for their clash during Inter Milan’s Coppa Italia victory over bitter rivals AC Milan earlier this week.
The two former Manchester United strikers were embroiled in a heated exchange on the stroke of half-time after Lukaku was fouled by Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli.
It has been claimed that Ibrahimovic shouted at Lukaku, perhaps referencing previous talk about the Belgian and the use of voodoo.
Ibrahimovic reportedly yelled: "Go do your voodoo s***, you little donkey. Call your mother."
To which Lukaku, 27, is believed to have replied: "He wants to talk about mothers? Son of a b****.
"F* you and your wife, you little b****.”
It does not seem clear whether Ibrahimovic was making references to a claim made by Everton owner Farhad Moshiri over Lukaku’s belief in the use of voodoo, or the Swede’s comments were racial stereotyping.
Ibrahimovic has insisted that it is the former, rubbishing any claims that he is racist.
He wrote on social media: "In ZLATAN’s world there is no place for RACISM.
"We are all the same race – we are all equal !! We are all PLAYERS some better then others."
If Ibrahimovic is found guilty of racism, reports from Italian outlet La Stampa state that the legendary striker could be suspended for up to ten matches.
Ibrahimovic ended up collecting two yellow cards and being sent for an early bath with more than half an hour left to play.
Lukaku, meanwhile, will miss the first leg of Inter’s semi-final after triggering a one-match suspension due to multiple bookings.
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