This article is published by Football.com. Please contact Football.scom if you think this content is appropriate and should be removed from this page.
Ibrahimovic details narrow escape
Created on 26 Dec., 2012 6:41 PM GMT
Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he did not intend to injure Saint-Etienne goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier.
The Sweden star was sent off for kicking Ruffier in the chest during a match in November, but the 31-year-old has since insisted the clash was purely accidental.
He told RMS Sport: "The situation was a little confused because the referee asked us what had happened. He did not seem very sure of himself.
"I felt that he had not seen (the) action. Afterwards, he brandished a red card and I accepted his decision.
"Obviously, I never meant to hurt the opposing goalkeeper. I played the ball and I (saw) it happen at the last moment.
"Fortunately, my leg was not straight. If this were the case, he might never have played football again. Anyway, I bent my leg to absorb the shock, while also protecting me upon contact. This is football."