LA GALAXY star Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been blasted by Real Salt Lake’s Nedum Onuoha for threatening him during their fiery MLS clash last night – even though the Swede apologised in the dressing room afterwards.
The striker caught the ex-Manchester City ace round the face with his arm during the game, sparking the defender to square up to him.
Ibrahimovic was booked over the foul, with Onuoha then claiming that the 37-year-old proceeded to threaten him for the rest of the game.
The former Manchester United man then rubbed salt in the wounds of Onuoha after he netted the winner, before running to the centre-back to celebrate in his face.
Clearly feeling that his behaviour was unacceptable, he went to apologise to the ex-QPR captain, but the player wasn’t having any of it.
Speaking after the game, Onuoha, 32, said: “He came in to apologise after the game, because from 60 minutes in, he’s saying he’s going to do me, he’s going to hurt me for that game.
“This is a guy who is the face of MLS, as he calls himself, and he plays that way on the field.
“If someone comes in and says that to me, I’m not going to accept his apology. It’s unacceptable.”
Ibrahimovic – who has now banged in eight goals in seven games this season – didn’t seem too bothered by his actions in his post-match interview.
He said: “I like to feel alive. I like when it becomes duels and that because sometimes, not that I fall asleep, but I don’t feel alive if they don’t activate me.
“They need to activate me or else it becomes too easy. I know me. When I get angry I feel good.”
Commenting on the incident, one fan tweeted: “Zlatan has gotten his way his entire career. It is refreshing to see someone like Onuoha stand up for himself and his team. Bravo.”
While another said: “Zlatan has to accept he’s out of order he has to be punished for this. He’s a great personality, but over steps the mark at times.”