The statue of Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Malmö in Sweden was again the target of vandalism on Thursday. Vandals have tried to cut through the feet of the statue.
Photos show saw marks around the right ankle and the left toes of the bronze statue. A rope also hung around the neck of the statue. The Malmö police are investigating the incident and have placed a fence around the statue to prevent it from falling.
It is the third time that vandals have damaged the statue since the artwork was placed on November 27. The statue is next to the Malmö FF stadium, the Swedish club where Ibrahimovic made his professional football debut twenty years ago.
Earlier there was a toilet seat on the arm and a plastic bag had been pulled over the head. Death threats and racist slogans were also sprayed on and near the statue.
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Artist calls to stop
The destruction is probably the work of angry supporters from Malmö. On the day of the unveiling of the 3.5-meter-long bronze statue, it was announced that Ibrahimovic had purchased 25 percent of the shares from Hammarby IF from Stockholm. This club is a rival of Malmö.
Peter Linde, who made the image, calls in the Swedish sports newspaper Sportbladet to stop vandalism. "People pretend to be at war, but this is not war. It's about football. It's so insane that you can't respect that Zlatan is a free man."
"I want the image to be repaired and restored and those who do realize how stupid they are."