Fenerbahce’s Simon Kjaer called Zlatan Ibrahimovic an “arrogant, chest-puffing player” after the pair clashed on Thursday night.
Manchester United striker Ibrahimovic grabbed the Danish defender by the throat and apparently whispered into the ear of Kjaer during the Turkish’s side’s 2-1 victory in the Europa League.
Kjaer claimed he “didn’t hear” what the 35-year-old had said to him and admitted his only aim was to mark Ibrahimovic “as tightly as possible”.
Referee Milorad Mazic did not take any action at the time, but it is understood the incident was seen by the fourth official, who determined no sanction was necessary
Ibrahimovic therefore will not face retrospective action and Kjaer accepted it was “part of the game”.
“I actually didn’t hear what he said but I do know that he wasn’t happy,” Kjaer told Swedish channel 9. “But that’s the way I know him from the pitch. He is the kind of chest-puffing player, who is arrogant.
“That is his way of playing. My way of playing is to mark him as tightly as possible and to give him as little space as possible, because he is a good player.
Of the throttling incident, Kjaer added. “It is a part of football and I don’t take it too seriously. It is not the first time I play against him and I know how he reacts. It is not a problem. It is, like I said, a part of the game.”
Fenerbahce boss Dick Advocaat also made light of the incident after the game
“That is part of football,” he said. “I don’t talk about individuals.”