Manchester United forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic has won a court battle against a coach who accused him of doping, per Sky Sports.
Ulf Karlsson, Sweden’s former national athletics coach, was found guilty of slander, having made an indirect statement regarding Ibrahimovic’s fitness during an anti-doping debate in April of 2016.
Karlsson said that Ibrahimovic ‘put on 10 kilos (22 pounds) of muscle mass…in one year’. And while he did not accuse the player directly, a court in Karlstad has decided that his statement was damaging to the player’s reputation.
He was ordered to pay a fine of 24,000 kronor (£2,175), for the comments made while speaking about the striker’s time at Juventus between 2004 and 2006.
The verdict read: “Even if his remarks do not contain a direct accusation that Zlatan Ibrahimovic had taken steroids, the court finds that these remarks, given the context in which they were made, can not be taken any other way than to give the impression that Zlatan Ibrahimovic would have taken steroids during his time at Juventus.”