A group of Malmo supporters are auctioning off three replica noses based on the infamous statue of Zlatan Ibrahimovic that was erected in his hometown before it was removed and put into storage after attempts to destroy it.
The statue’s nose was cut off in a pre-Christmas attack in 2019. She also had a leg sawed off and a toe removed before being removed from her pedestal in January 2020.
The Swedish striker started his professional career in 1999 with Malmö FF and joined 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 revered by fans in Malmo, he angered them when he bought a stake in Stockholm rivals Hammarby in 2019, saying he would turn them into Scandinavia’s biggest football club.
Protesters said Ibrahimovic was a “fool” who preferred money to love for his hometown and club.
“With this initiative we want to draw attention to the problems in Swedish and international football,” it said in a statement.
“Our goal is a football world in which the fans are the focus and nobody has to see their club bought up and changed overnight.
“Therefore, proceeds from this initiative will benefit causes that promote work against modern and commercial football, where love for clubs and sport is at its core.”
So far, a fake nose has been auctioned online and received a $500 bid.
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