PSG's Zlatan Ibrahimovic criticized by coach for removing jersey

Monday February 16th, 2015

During Paris Saint-Germain's Valentine's Day draw against Caen in Ligue 1 play, forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic removed his jersey after scoring a goal to reveal temporary tattoos showing the names of 15 people suffering from hunger.

Ibrahimovic was working with the United Nations' World Food Program to raise awareness for world famine, however the Swedish forward's gesture drew a yellow card. 

On Monday, PSG manager Laurent Blanc criticized the move by Ibrahimovic, saying he doesn't know "if taking his shirt off was a good thing," according to the Associated Press

"I was aware of his commitment to the foundation, but personally I didn't know that he'd had several names tattooed on him," Blanc said. "If it was to show his tattoos then it worked because it made the front page of every website in the world, so in that sense it was very successful for him and for the foundation. But it cost us a yellow card."

"Imagine if the game had become more heated and that he'd got a second yellow card. The game would have been over for us."

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Ibrahimovic said on Sunday that he was content with his actions.

"If I could, I would write every single name on my body," he said. "But there are 805 million people suffering from hunger in the world."

Paris Saint-Germain returns to the pitch on Tuesday, where they kick off the Champions League Round of 16 against Chelsea at Parc de Princes. 

- Josh Sanchez

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