Man United star Zlatan Ibrahimovic wins libel case againt athletics coach who accused him of doping
Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has won a libel case against a former athletics coach who accused him of doping during his time at Juventus.
Ulf Karlsson, head coach with the Swedish athletics team from 2001 to 2004, was fined 24,000 kronor (€2,500) for claiming that Ibrahimovic must have doped in order to bulk up so quickly at the Serie A side.
"Zlatan gained 10 kilos of muscle in six months at Juventus. That is impossible in such a short time," he told a panel discussion at a sports conference in April.
He made similar assertions in Nya Wermlands-Tidning, saying: "I think he was doped. I am convinced."
A district court in Varmland, Sweden found Karlsson guilty of defaming the striker.
"I'm glad the district court has agreed with me that he should not be convicted for what he has said to a journalist. That's an important principle," Karlsson's attorney Johan Eriksson told public broadcaster SVT.