Fans angry over Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s nose auction on eBay

A photo taken on December 22, 2019, details a vandalized bronze statue of iconic football player Zlatan Ibrahimovic and his nose being cut off in Malm, Sweden.  - In Zlatan Ibrahimovic's hometown of Malm, his supporters felt that the iconic footballer could do no wrong, but his decision to invest in a rival club was an unforgivable sin for many.  Ibrahimovic's bronze statue in Malmো has been regularly vandalized since he announced a month ago that he was buying a stake in football club Hammerby IF in Stockholm, the capital of Sweden.  (Photo by Johan Nielsen / TT News Agency / AFP) / Sweden Out

A photo taken on December 22, 2019, details a vandalized bronze statue of iconic football player Zlatan Ibrahimovic and his nose being cut off in Malm, Sweden. (Photo by Johan Nielsen / TT News Agency / AFP) / Sweden Out

Angry Swedish football fans are auctioning off a saw-closed nose copy of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s statue to protest the commercialization of the game and what they perceive as the betrayal of the stars.

Bids on the eBay website hit $ 610 (568 euros) on Tuesday

The Lifesize Bronze statue of the Swedish superstar, created in 2019 in his hometown of Malm, has been the target of numerous attacks since he invested in Stockholm-based football club Hammerby in November 2019, the club he started to anger Malmো FF fans. His professional career.

The statue’s nose was cut off in December 2019, leaving the leg the following month, causing it to collapse against a defense barrier.

Malmo FF fans say they have left three replicas of the original nose – which is still missing – for auction “because choosing money over love can cost you a lot more”.

Ibrahimovic “chose money out of love for his hometown and the club where he began his career”, wrote “Where the nose” on the specially created website www.vararnasan.se, Swedish.

“Football was originally a mass movement, but it has increasingly become a super-commercial mass industry, where fans are seen as consumers and players and clubs are treated as commodities,” they wrote.

Vendors say they plan to use the profits from the auction in an effort to “fight against modern and commercial football and promote a game where the focus is on the club and the love of the game.”

The artist who created the bronze sculpture, Peter Linde, was upset about the auction.

“Vendors complain that the football game is turning into a big business, but they themselves are making money from crime,” he told the daily Sidsvenskan.

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