A weekend to forget for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, which after the red card remedied in Parma-Milan for repeated protests now ends up at the center of the controversy for an off-pitch episode: although Lombardy was in the red zone, yesterday the Swede had a restaurant open in Milan at lunchtime.
THE RECONSTRUCTION – To tell the episode is Fanpage.it, which also publishes some shots provided by an anonymous source that testify the presence of the Rossoneri striker from ‘Tano pass me the oil’: as we read, on Sunday around 13.30, Ibra had the restaurant owned by Tano Simonato, despite the Covid-19 restrictions requiring customers not to serve the tables, the Swede and the other patrons would have allowed themselves a lunch of 300 euros each.
THE CHEF SPEAKS – Contacted by Fanpage.it, chef Simonato confirmed the presence of Zlatan and the former Milan full-back Ignazio Abate, denying, however, that it was a full-blown lunch: “Ibra, Ignazio with another dear friend came to see me, we were there a couple of hours and then they went home. It was something between normal friends, we are friends and we see each other from time to time if we don’t see other friends. They didn’t have lunch, we drank a glass of wine as friends “. The owner of the restaurant in via Petrarca, who had already joined the ‘Io apro’ initiative in January and had not denied the economic difficulties (the employees of the restaurant are on layoffs), thus replies to the journalists who pointed out that his restaurant it should have remained closed due to the restrictions linked to the pandemic: “What fucking pandemic, but you stop breaking the cogs … with this pandemic?”.
CONTROVERSE TESTIMONIAL – Red on the pitch, Ibrahimovic’s attitude off the pitch also needs to be reviewed, especially if we consider that it was a character chosen by the Lombardy Region who violated the rules of the red zone as testimonial from the Lombardy Region for the fight against coronavirus: “Use your head and respect the rules: distance and masks”, said the attacker in a firm voice at the end of October.
THE VERSION OF AC MILAN – In the meantime, from sources close to Milan come further clarifications on the matter: it was a business meeting, with a limited number of people. No lunch, but a meeting of just over an hour to discuss business. Ibrahimovic, underlines the Rossoneri club, follows a protocol that keeps him constantly monitored despite having already made Covid, like all Serie A players.