Malmo fans have cut the nose off the statue of Zlatan Ibrahimovic outside their ground

Malmo fans have cut the nose off Ibrahimovic's statue.

If you haven't heard, Malmo fans aren't the slightest bit happy with club legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Ibrahimovic began his career at the club but only played one full season there, scoring 14 goals and helping them to promotion back to the Allsvenskan.

He got a move to Ajax soon after and the rest is Swedish football history.

And that, in truth, is why Ibrahimovic is a Malmo legend - it's not because of his glittering career there, but rather as it's where one of the greatest Swedish footballers started things off.

Perhaps that's why his connection to the club has proven a little fragile, then.

A statue of Ibrahimovic outisde Malmo's ground was unveiled in October but it's since had the opposite of its planned purpose.

Instead of honouring the player, the statue has become a target for fans looking to hit back against the Swede.

Because last month saw Ibrahimovic take a small stake in Hammarby IF - title rivals of Malmo and a team who finished level on points with them last season.

Malmo fans have consistently vandalised the statue.

Fans started vandalising the statue immediately after that deal was announced. They set it on fire, put a toilet seat over the head and did some good old-fashioned graffiti.

Now, however, they've taken things a step further as they cut off the nose of Ibrahimovic's likeness.

A toilet seat was put over his head earlier in the month.

It's surely now a case of when, not if, the statue is moved somewhere else - Hammarby's ground now looks a lot more appropriate, for instance.

If they don't move it, things will just keep escalating.

Although, you can't help but wonder how Malmo fans will try and top this one.

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