Paris Saint-Germain striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been accused of doping by a Swedish trainer, The Guardian reports. The trainer, Ulf Karlsson made the allegations at a seminar in Karlstad. Local news agency NWT first reported the news.
“Zlatan put on 10 kilos in six months during his time at Juventus. I think he was doping, that’s how it seems to me. I am convinced of it.” Karlsson said.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic previously played with Juventus for two seasons in 2004 and 2005 and won two Serie A titles. Zlatan’s manager, Mino Raiola hits back at the allegations and confirmed that they will take legal action against Karlsson.
“We will sue him. There are always people who hate. Maybe he is a former athlete who failed, or maybe he’s just jealous. But this man has made a big mistake. He had one life before making this statement, and he will have a different life after it. He is spreading falsehoods,” Raiola told the Swedish newspaper, Expressen.
Juventus was involved in Calciopoli match-fixing scandal in 2006, for which the team was relegated to Serie B. The team was also involved in numerous doping scandals. Speaking on it, Raiola said that his client was never involved in doping because doping was over in Juventus when Zlatan arrived.
“Doping at Juventus was over when Zlatan arrived. We had plenty of doping controls there and Zlatan was tested between 15 and 20 times. Juventus were always under the microscope. The claims are just crazy – the facts are not there. All the clubs Zlatan has been at know he doesn’t even take aspirin,” Raiola claimed.
He also informed that the allegations have not affected the footballer in any way.
“I was just talking to him. He is calm. He’s more embarrassed that he missed a penalty yesterday. He said it was not his job to respond to these kinds of allegations,” he said.
Meanwhile, Karlsson stands by his claim adding that “Zlatan increased weight very quickly [at Juventus]. It is unnatural to show such rapid weight gain.”
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