Zlatan Ibrahimovic Receives Judgment over Gun Gestures Aimed at Toulouse Bench

Christopher AtkinsContributor IOctober 25, 2013

ATHENS, GREECE - SEPTEMBER 17:  Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Paris Saint-Germain FC in action during the UEFA Champions League group stage match between Olympiacos FC and Paris Saint-Germain FC held on September 17, 2013 at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium in Athens, Greece. (Photo by Milos Bicanski/EuroFootball/Getty Images)

Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not face any further punishment for an incident last month in which he pretended to aim a gun at the opposition bench during a match against Toulouse.

Per ESPNFC, Ibrahimovic made the gesture as he was being substituted following a confrontation with an opposition player—Colombian Abel Aguilar:

He will not, though, face any further punishment despite being called to face Ligue 1's disciplinary authorities:

Paris Saint-Germain star Zlatan Ibrahimovic has escaped with a warning for pretending to point a gun at the Toulouse bench during last month's match between the sides.

The Swedish striker, 32, made the gesture as he was being substituted in the second half, immediately after clashing with Toulouse defender Abel Aguilar.

The French Football League did not appreciate the incident and asked Ibrahimovic to appear before its disciplinary commission.

Ibrahimovic has dominated the football news agenda this week, having scored a sensational goal against Bastia last weekend before netting four times in the Champions League against Anderlecht.

His performances have prompted Goal (and others) to suggest that the Swede is currently the best player in world football, given his sensationally good showings over recent weeks.

Whether that be the case or not, his individualism both in his playing style and his everyday demeanour has made him a cult hero among many football fans.

For a long time, the debate surrounded whether Ibrahimovic was actually as good as the hype suggested, particularly after he lasted only one year in Spain with Barcelona.

Clearly the talent is abundant—there are few players on the planet capable of the astonishing goal he scored against England—but the debate has now shifted.

Zlatan has often become so important to the teams in which he plays that they come to depend on him for inspiration. That is all well and good against lesser opponents, but can cause problems in top-level competition—perhaps an explanation for his mystifying lack of Champions League success.

Incidents like his gun-toting show at Toulouse only add to the Zlatan mystique, but unlike many others he consistently backs up his arrogance on the pitch. He may not be to everybody's taste, but he is a truly formidable footballer.