The city of Malmo has had enough of the repeated acts of vandalism on soccer star Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s statue outside the local football club’s stadium and wants it transferred to a new location.
The Sydsvenskan newspaper said Saturday that the municipal council in Sweden’s third largest city is poised to make a decision on Monday and is seeking suggestions from top-flight team Malmo FF as to where the statue should be moved later in the year.
In an emailed comment to The Associated Press, Anders Malmstrom, City of Malmo’s media spokesman, confirmed the plan. He said a council working committee will propose Monday that “the statue should stay in Malmo but get a different location than at the (Swedbank) Stadium.”
The club’s CEO Niclas Carlnen told the Sydsvenskan newspaper he wasn’t aware of the city’s plans and wouldn’t comment on the matter. Malmstrom did not say whether the Malmo club had been briefed on the issue.
The 500-kilogram (1,100-pound) bronze statue of Ibrahimovic, who now plays for AC Milan, was unveiled in October to much fanfare outside Malmo’s stadium, commemorating one of Sweden’s greatest sports stars.