Zlatan Ibrahimovic hits back at LeBron James

Posted Wednesday, March 03, 2021 by Marca.com

Zlatan Ibrahimovic hits back at LeBron James

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has reiterated his stance that athletes should not get involved in politics following LeBron James' criticism of the AC Milan player.

The former Sweden international is not in favour of athletes speaking out about politics, but the Los Angeles Lakers star made clear that he will always express his opinion on such matters.

Ibrahimovic had a different opinion and did not hesitate to express it in a press conference at the San Remo Music Festival.

"Racism and politics are different things," said Ibrahimovic. "Athletes unite the world, politics divides it.

"Everyone is welcome in our environment, no matter where you come from and we do everything to bring people together.

"Our role is to unite the world by doing what we do best. We do not do other things because we are not good, otherwise I would be in politics.

"My message? Athletes should be athletes and politicians should be politicians."

His new remarks came after LeBron released a video where he recalled the occasions when Ibrahimovic spoke out about racism.

"He's the guy who said in Sweden he was talking about the same things, because his last name wasn't a [traditional Swedish] last name, he felt like there was some racism going on when he was out on the pitch," said LeBron a few days ago.

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