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Zlatan Ibrahimovic appeared to kickstart a mass brawl in Serie A at the weekend during AC Milan's win over Lazio.
The San Siro outfit are second in the table, behind Jose Mourinho's AS Roma on goal difference alone, after winning three matches out of three.
Rafael Leao scored on the cusp of half-time before Ibrahimovic netted after an hour was played but there was controversy to follow.
With seconds left, Ibrahimovic held the ball up by the touchline and was tackled by Lucas Leiva.
That normally would have signalled the end of the match but the Swedish striker grabbed onto the former Liverpool star’s neck.
What looked like a friendly gesture at first became a little more sinister as Lucas tried to pull his hand off.
Ibra would not let go, though, with the midfielder becoming more incensed by the second before erupting into a tussle with other players involved.
With the incident taking place right in front of the manager’s dugout, Lazio boss Sarri was also furious.
The ex- Chelsea boss appeared to storm onto the pitch while the referee showed him an immediate red card as the fracas snowballed out of control.
Sarri retreated but only to have a verbal war with the opposition’s coaching staff before confronting Ibrahimovic as he made his way down the tunnel.
The 39-year-old appeared to plead his innocence as other Milan players gathered around while the opposition remained at odds with the striker.
It was at this point when Lazio star Pedro managed to defuse the situation by getting the former Manchester United star to see the funny side of things.
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The Spaniard is a former teammate of his, having played together at Barcelona over 10 years ago.
Eventually, the two teams descended back to their changing rooms while Milan bagged all three points to continue their fine start to the season.
They face Liverpool next in the Champions League at Anfield, who are in a tough group along with Porto and Atletico Madrid.
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic
- AC Milan FC
- Serie A
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