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Ibrahimovic 'should show respect'

Former Paris Saint-Germain players have rounded on Zlatan Ibrahimovic after the Swede criticised the club's fans at the weekend.

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Ibrahimovic hit out at PSG supporters who booed the team during Saturday's laboured 2-1 home win against Nancy at the Parc des Princes, accusing them of being too demanding. But it appears his claim that the club "was nothing" before the arrival of massive Qatari investment in the summer of 2011 has caused most offence.

"He needs to show a bit of humility, a bit of respect," said Luis Fernandez, a title-winner with PSG in 1986 and later coach at the club, on RMC radio. "He says what he wants, but maybe he doesn't know the history of French football.

"We have been world champions, Marseille have been European champions. PSG have won a European trophy too. The most important thing is to respect the history of the club."

Members of PSG's fine team of the 1990s that won the title in 1994 and the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1996 were also unimpressed by the Swede's remarks.

"The club will always exist, with or without him," former midfielder Vincent Guerin told RMC, while Alain Roche, the former France defender who until recently worked in the club's scouting department, told Ibrahimovic to "watch what he says."

Fernandez, now 53, added that being booed is par for the course at the Parc des Princes and believes that supporters have the right to expect better than what they are seeing from a PSG team that has been expensively assembled but has often struggled to produce consistent performances this season.

"Zlatan is disappointed at being booed, but everyone has been booed in that stadium, even me," he said. "The fans pay to see a spectacle and they certainly expect a bit more than what they are getting."


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