Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Romelu Lukaku engaged in a furious row on Tuesday’s Coppa Italia quarter-final at the San Siro, which Inter won 2-1 thanks to Christian Eriksen’s stoppage-time free-kick.
Both players- who were team-mates at Manchester United- clashed heads and had to be pulled apart during the first half.
Paolo Valeri, the referee, then booked the striking duo after which Ibrahimovic was heard yelling at Lukaku: ‘Go do your voodoo s***, you little donkey.’
And while many interpreted that as a racist slur, Ibrahimovic posted on Twitter to insist his remark had no racist connotations.
‘In ZLATAN’s world there is no place for RACISM,’ he tweeted. ‘We are all the same race – we are all equal!!’
However, the Swede could not resist a new jibe over their ongoing feud as to who is the king of Milan, adding: ‘We are all PLAYERS some better than others.’
Back in February 2020, Inter fought back from 2-0 down to claim bragging rights in the derby with a 4-2 win. Lukaku sealed the win in the 93rd minute and later declared ‘There’s a new king in town,’ in a clear dig at the Swede.