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"I Think He Was Doping, That’s How It Seems To Me"

"I Think He Was Doping, That’s How It Seems To Me"
By Gary Reilly

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's agent has said that his client will sue a Swedish doctor who made some very public allegations of doping regarding the PSG striker. Ulf Karlsson, who worked with the Swedish athletics team between 2001 and 2004, made the claims at a conference in Värmlands. Karlsson has never worked with Ibrahimovic nor did he provide any evidence of the claims but he did suggest that a change in Ibrahimovic's physique during his time at Juventus was all that was needed to be confident that there was doping at play.

Zlatan put on 10 kilos in six months during his time at Juventus. I think he was doping, that’s how it seems to me.

Karlsson was later asked if he stood by the allegations and he continued along a similar path, saying he is 'convinced of it'. He also raised the case of Albin Ekdal, a Swedish teammate of Ibrahimovic who was with Juventus between 2008 and 2010.

He (Ibrahimovic) put on 10 kilos of muscle in six months. It’s impossible to do that in such a short space of time. Albin Ekdal put on eight kilos while he was at the club. I think there was a culture of it at Juventus. They had a club doctor who was suspended for 22 months.

The doctor in question is Riccardo Agricola. He was sentenced to a year and ten months in prison back in November 2004, a couple of months after Ibrahimovic moved to the Turin club from Ajax.

Mino Raiola, Ibrahimovic's agent has today come out to, in no uncertain terms, refute those allegations from Karlsson who could well expect a solicitor's call or two over the next couple of days.

We will sue him. There are always people who hate. Maybe he is a former athlete who failed, or maybe he's just jealous. 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. 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.

See also: Zlatan Ibrahimovic Has Interviewed Himself And It's As Fantastic As You'd Expect


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