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Nov 8, 2013

Kljestan: Ibra made moustache jibe

Sacha Kljestan has claimed Zlatan Ibrahimovic insulted him during Anderlecht's Champions League 1-1 draw at Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday.

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Kljestan, 28, helped the Belgian club regain a degree of pride having been soundly beaten 5-0 by an Ibrahimovic-inspired PSG barely a fortnight earlier in their reverse Group C fixture. 

Sweden star Ibrahimovic grabbed four goals on that night in Brussels but, frustrated by his opponents at the Parc des Princes, he allegedly attempted to gain the upper hand by verbally abusing the Anderlecht players.

Kljestan and Ibrahimovic exchanged taunts during the Champions League clash.
Kljestan and Ibrahimovic exchanged taunts during the Champions League clash.

"After a perfectly normal challenge, Ibrahimovic turned to me and provoked me, making a joke about my moustache, saying: 'That really is terrible,'" U.S. international Kljestan told Het Nieuwsblad. "I responded by telling him he should think about his nose."

Kljestan's response, highlighting Ibrahimovic's angular features, mimicked that of Joey Barton last season during a game against PSG while the English midfielder was on loan at Marseille.

Following a clash between the pair, words were exchanged before Barton, 31, was caught on camera making fun of Ibrahimovic's nose.

In October last year, the former Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan forward was called "arrogant, dirty and childish" by Faroe Islands captain Frodi Benjaminsen, who told the Expressen newspaper Ibrahimovic had called his team "a bunch of fishermen."

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