"The claims are just crazy – the facts are not there. All the clubs Zlatan has been at know he doesn't even take aspirin.”
Zlatan Ibrahimovic will sue a Swedish doctor who made doping allegations against him, according to his agent.
Ulf Karlsson, the doctor in question, has never worked with Ibrahimovic but made the reported claims at a seminar, suggesting the forward had been involved in doping while playing for Italian side Juventus.
Karlsson who has worked with Sweden’s athletics team, incurred the wrath of Ibrahimovic’s agent Mino Raiola.
“We will sue him. There are always people who hate. Maybe he is a former athlete who failed, or maybe he’s just jealous," Raiola told Swedish newspaper Expressen, "But this man has made a big mistake. He had one life before making this statement, and he will have a different life after it. He is spreading falsehoods.
“Doping at Juventus was over when Zlatan arrived. We had plenty of doping controls there and Zlatan was tested between 15 and 20 times.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic playing for Juventus in 2006. Image: Mike Egerton / EMPICS Sport
"Juventus were always under the microscope. The claims are just crazy – the facts are not there. All the clubs Zlatan has been at know he doesn't even take aspirin.”
Karlsson admitted to having no evidence against Ibrahimovic, but told the newspaper he was trying to explain at the conference “how widespread doping is … And Zlatan increased weight very quickly [at Juventus]. It is unnatural to show such rapid weight gain.”
The Sweden team manager, Lars Richt, added: “I’m speechless, I have to say, that he can come up with these accusations. I don’t know what he is basing it on … the claims are extraordinary.”