Ibrahimovic statue to remain in Malmo despite vandalism

The much-vandalized statue of Zlatan Ibrahimovic is staying in Malmo.

Where, exactly, remains to be seen.

Committee members from the Swedish city’s council met Monday to discuss proposals from local citizens about where to move the statue of the soccer player from its current location outside the stadium.

The 500-kilogram (1,100-pound), 3-meter (9-foot-10) bronze statue has been repeatedly attacked since Ibrahimovic become a part-owner in Hammarby, a Stockholm-based team and a rival of the striker’s boyhood club of Malmo. The most recent act of vandalism saw the statue cut off at the ankles, leading to it being removed in early January for repairs and put in a secret location.

“The sculpture stays in Malmo,” said Frida Trollmyr, the city’s deputy mayor
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