Swansea boss Paul Clement has opened up about the incident that saw Carlo Ancelotti kick a cardboard box that struck Zlatan Ibrahimovic on the side of the head.
The series of events took place after Paris-Saint Germain had lost a cup tie to Evian back in 2013. Clement, who was Ancelotti’s assistant at PSG at the time, revealed that the frustration of the defeat got to the Italian, who uncharacteristically stepped away from his usually calm demeanor.
Ancelotti apparently took his frustration out on the closest object he could find, which happened to be a cardboard box. Unfortunately, Ibrahimovic happened to be seated nearby, and the box hit him on the side of the head, but luckily, the Swede didn’t flinch.
Clement revealed to the Daily Mail: “It was like slow motion. It flew through the air and hit him. And Zlatan just brushed it off.”
It took Ancelotti two years to break this story, he compared the incident to a similar, yet more well-known incident involving David Beckham and Sir Alex Ferguson back in 2003, when the latter kicked a boot at the former in frustration.
“At Paris Saint-Germain, we once lost to Evian in the cup, and I was so angry I kicked a box and it hit Ibrahimovic on the head,” Ancelotti said.
“It was more or less the same as Ferguson and the boot with Beckham. But we laughed about it afterwards. I never used the whip because in my life nobody ever used the whip against me. Not my father, not my school teacher, not my manager. I don’t believe in it.”
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