UEFA has opened a disciplinary investigation after reports Zlatan Ibrahimovic was a target of racist abuse during AC Milan's Europa League clash against Red Star Belgrade in Serbia.
Reports from Serbia claimed Ibrahimovic, who has Bosnian roots was insulted by an individual seated in the Red Star stadium's VIP box. Last week, Milan's opponent Red Star released a statement offering an apology while revealing the club would work to identify the man shown on video shouting a derogatory term used toward Muslims at Ibrahimovic.
"An Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector has been appointed today to conduct a disciplinary investigation regarding incidents which occurred during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match," UEFA said in a statement.
Red Stars' statement
"As a club, we have done everything to ensure that the organization of the match was up to the level of the two big clubs, and we will not allow one primitive individual to cast a stain on the traditionally well-known hospitality of our country and our people."
"Red Star, in cooperation with the relevant authorities, will find the aforementioned individual and insist on him bearing all the consequences of such behavior."
The match ended with a 2-2 result and the second leg is set to be played on Thursday at San Siro in Italy. The winner advances to the tournament's round of 16.