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Lovren: Zlatan\’s status saved him

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Lovren: Zlatan\’s status saved him

Dejan Lovren has suggested Zlatan Ibrahimovic\’s \”superstar\” status was the reason for the Paris Saint-Germain striker escaping a ban for an ugly clash with the Lyon defender.

Lovren was left with a head wound after he fell in front of Ibrahimovic during PSG\’s 1-0 win over Lyon on December 16. As the Sweden international leapt over his opponent, he caught the centre-back with his left boot as he landed, prompting both Lovren and Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas to accuse the striker of deliberately making contact.

However, after a hearing of the French Football League\’s (LFP) Disciplinary Commission last Thursday, it was decided no action should be taken against the PSG man.

\”I was a little bit surprised. For me, there was a foul. I\’ve already forgotten about it, I don\’t want to add anything else,\” Lovren said. \”That\’s football. Perhaps they said to themselves that he\’s a superstar, so he\’s a bit more protected than the others, but I think that\’s normal.\”

Had Ibrahimovic been found guilty of stamping, he may have faced a lengthy suspension having already been dismissed for a dangerous, chest-high challenge on Saint-Etienne goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier earlier in the season.

Aulas\’ post-match comments in particular sparked a war of words between himself and PSG sporting director Leonardo, while Ibrahimovic, who was not present in person at the disciplinary hearing, always maintained his innocence.

\”It\’s impossible that I did it deliberately,\” he told BeIn Sport shortly afterwards. \”Look at the pictures, I\’m always looking at the ball. Lovren rolls with momentum. When I go onto the pitch, it\’s certainly not to injure someone, I\’ve never had that intention.\”

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