" Qatar as a country, I think it's a system that works. Are there drugs? No. Is there crime? No. In Sweden there is crime? Yes, very much. Drugs? Yes. Qatar's system works. The Swedish system? It works but if it works one hundred percent, I don't know.
That's how it sounded on Tuesday when Zlatan Ibrahimovic was about to explain why he likes the country of Qatar.
On Wednesday, Norway's head coach, Ståle Solbakken, was then asked how he would react if one of his players bragged about Qatar.
"We should probably talk about that, but at the same time it's a world where you get to have freedom of speech. When we broached the subject in the context of the World Cup qualifiers, surely 30-35 men had basically the same point of view. We never encountered that problem," Solbakken said, according to NRK.
And the manager reacted even more strongly when he heard about Ibrahimovic's quote that there are no drugs and crime in Qatar.
- It's a notable claim if what you're referring to is true. I think it's quite... You said crime? In such a controlled society, on the bad side, it goes without saying that that statement is way over the line," Solbakken said.