Paris St.-Germain has a crucial match against league-leading Lyon on Saturday and Lyon manager Hubert Fournier is trying to get under PSG's skin.
Fournier accused PSG star Zlatan Ibrahimovic Friday of insulting French-speaking referees in languages they can't understand.
"The person who is going to be most provoked is rather [Saturday's referee Clement] Turpin, like all the referees in this league who get insulted by this person," Fournier told reporters, according to The Guardian. "Apparently, the referees are not bilingual or trilingual, so they don’t understand. In a way, it’s better to speak Italian or English to insult referees."
Ibrahimovic was born in Sweden to Bosnian and Croatian parents, and has played in several European countries. Along the way, he's picked up five languages and a reputation for having a sharp tongue. He once tried to unnerve American midfielder Sacha Kljestan by telling him he didn't like his mustache.
Fournier hopes his players will be able to keep their cool, despite Ibrahimovic's remarks.
"I don’t want [our team] to provoke, I don’t want us to insult the officials," he said. "I hope we remember not to fall for Zlatan’s provocations."
- Dan Gartland