Jose Mourinho reportedly intervened to stop racist chants from Roma fans aimed at Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Roma’s trip to AC Milan ended in a 3-1 defeat, with Tammy Abraham on target for Mourinho’s side, but Oliver Giroud, Junior Messias and Rafael Leao all scoring for the hosts.
An entertaining affair was marred by reports of Roma fans calling Ibrahimovic a ‘gyspy’.
DAZN (via SempreMilan) claim the chanting occurred as Ibrahimovic – who does not have Romani origins – was coming off the bench, a few moments before he would set up Leao for Milan’s third goal of the game.
Roma boss Mourinho – who managed Ibrahimovic at Inter Milan – is then said to have called for the travelling fans to stop the abuse, which they immediately did.
But the racist songs are said to have restarted and continued while the 40-year-old and his teammates were going through their warm down.
Ibrahimovic was booked in the reverse fixture in October having urged Roma fans to sing their taunts of ‘Sei uno zingaro’ (you are a gypsy) louder after his goal in Milan’s 2-1 win.
As a result of the abuse of Ibrahimovic and teammate Franck Kessie, Roma were handed a one-year suspended ban for the infamous Curva Sud section of the Stadio Olimpico.
‘We have zero tolerance for any form of racism,’ Roma said in a statement after that game.
‘The club has been committed to combating racism and any form of discrimination for years.
‘As an organization, we continue to do everything we can to change the behaviour of some fans in a positive way.’
Ibrahimovic has scored seven goals in 15 appearances across all competitions this term and Milan sit one point behind Inter Milan in Serie A.
Mourinho was typically gracious in defeat…
“I was offered the [Milan] job three years ago,” the Portuguese, who used to manage rivals Inter, stated during his post-match press conference.
“I thought about it for three days, but I am so happy to have taken that decision.
“I am a professional, but there is still space for emotion. I am passionate about Roma and I will give everything for this club.”
Mourinho was jeered by Milan fans throughout the game, affirming his thoughts on rejecting the Rossoneri.
“Looking to what happened today, I am twice as happy about my decision.”