– Zlatan Ibrahimovic has doubled down on the fact that athletes should not participate in politics

– The 39-year-old was responding to Lebron James’ claims that he once spoke out on racism

– Both sports celebrities have been at each other’s neck in the past week after LA Lakers star made political comments

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AC Milan star Zlatan Ibrahimovic has insisted that athletes should stay away from politics and activism in response to Lebron James’ claims, Daily Mail.

The Swedish striker and the LA Lakers forward were involved in a disagreement in the past week as James claimed the former Man United star once spoke out against racism.

Ibrahimovic reacts to basketball star Lebron James about sportsmen going in to politics

Zlatan Ibrahimovic insists that sportsmen going into politics.
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The 39-year-old striker said:

“Racism and politics are two different things. We athletes unite the world, politics divides the world.

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“Everyone is welcome, it has nothing to do with where you are from, we do what we do to unite. We don’t do other things because we are not good at it, otherwise I would be in politics.

“That’s my message. Athletes must be athletes, politicians must be politicians.”

In the past week, James had responded to Ibrahimovic’s criticism by saying he was ‘the wrong guy’ to be arguing with.

James said:

“I would never shut up about things that are wrong. I preach about my people and I preach about equality, social injustice, racism, systematic voter suppression, things that go on in our community.”

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Zlatan Ibrahimovic has denied racially abusing former Manchester United teammate Romelu Lukaku during their Coppa Italia quarter-final meeting at the San Siro earlier this week.

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Both strikers clashed during the game which ended 2-1 in favour of Antonio Conte’s men with Christian Eriksen striking the winner through a stoppage-time free-kick.

The 39-year-old Swede broke the deadlock for his side in the 31st minute but a spot-kick from Lukaku restored parity in the 71st minute. And then the former Spurs star scored the winner.

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