The Swedish striker, of Bosnian descent, was the victim of ethnic abuse at the hands of an individual sitting in a VIP box in Serbia.
UEFA has opened a disciplinary investigation after Italian club AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic suffered ethnic abuse during last week’s Europa League game against Red Star Belgrade in Serbia.
Serbian media reported that Ibrahimovic, who has Bosnian roots, was insulted by an individual sitting in the VIP box at the Red Star Stadium during the match on February 18.
“An ethics and discipline inspector has been appointed today to conduct a disciplinary investigation into the incidents that took place in the 32nd round of the UEFA Europa League,” UEFA said in a statement Thursday.
Ibrahimovic did not play in the game but a TV channel broadcast scenes from the Swede as a man’s voice chanted an abusive term to him several times.
The word is a pejorative insult to Bosnian Muslims used by Serbian nationalists.
The father of Swedish striker Ibrahimovic is a Bosnian from Bosnia and Herzegovina.
No fans attended the game due to COVID-19 restrictions, but the stadium’s reception boxes atop its western stands, which could accommodate several hundred people, were full.
Tickets for these places do not usually go on sale but are given either to club guests or to journalists.
Ibrahimovic was seated in the west floor of the stadium behind the shelters with other substitutes and Milan staff.
Last week, Red Star apologized to Ibrahimovic in a statement and said they would work with authorities to identify the offender.