Zlatan Ibrahimovic can’t help but take what may be a parting jab at VAR and the MLS.
The LA Galaxy and Zlatan Ibrahimovic went crashing out of the MLS playoffs, with a 5-3 defeat at the hands of LAFC.
LAFC is lead by his record goal-scoring rival Carlos Vela.
Vela who scored twice on the night could have had his second goal ruled out for offside during the build-up.
A fact that was missed by the VAR on the night.
According to a post-match interview with ESPN, the big Swedish forward wasn’t impressed.
“[VAR] didn’t [get involved]. What was he doing upstairs? Drinking coffee with Magic Johnson?”
“It’s difficult because if you have the VAR, it means the game is extra-controlled by the fifth referee upstairs.”
“But if he’s drinking coffee with Magic Johnson, it’s difficult to play the game.”
Former LA Lakers basketball superstar Johnson is a part-owner of Vela’s side LAFC.
While Ibrahimovich was not happy with the referee, it took nothing away from the fact his side lost.
He is not a sore loser.
“He has to be in control. [The referee] didn’t even go out and check.”
“He said he needed a signal from the VAR people to go out and check. So what are the VAR people doing?”
“But I don’t want to complain about that, guys.”
“We just lost, and I don’t want to be a loser complaining about the refs because it’s not my level.”
The defeat may be Ibrahimovic’s last game for the Galaxy and in the MLS.
But he couldn’t help but make what may have been a sly parting dig at his current employers.
“It’s not about money.”
“I have another two months [on my contract]. We’ll see what happens.”
“[If I stay], then MLS is good because the whole world will watch it. If I don’t stay, nobody will remember what MLS is.”
Ibrahimovic will be in LA until at least December.
All the talk of big-money moves in January could be overshadowed by the free transfer of one of the biggest stars of world football.
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— VBET News (@VBETnews) October 25, 2019