Pogba defends Zlatan over racism row

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Paul Pogba has come to the defence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic after the AC Milan star was accused of racism following an on-field spat with Romelu Lukaku earlier this week.

Former Manchester United teammates Ibrahimovic and Lukaku were both booked during Tuesday's Milan derby in the Coppa Italia after clashing heads and trading a string of expletive insults.

Amid the confrontation, the Swede could be heard telling Lukaku to "go do your voodoo", in reference to comments by former Everton chief Farhad Moshiri who claimed the Belgian had left the club a because of voodoo.

Scroll through the gallery below to see images of the clash between Ibrahimovic and Lukaku

Ibrahimovic's comments were construed as being racist by some quarters, although the 39-year-old has denied any racial intent behind his insults, albeit in the form of a veiled dig at his former strike partner.

"In Zlatan's world there is no place for racism," he tweeted on Wednesday. "We are all the same race - we are all equal!! We are all players some better than others."

Following the incident, Pogba, who starred alongside both players at Old Trafford, also took to social media to defend Ibrahimovic with a light-hearted post.

"Zlatan... racist? He loves me too much so he's the last person I'd think of as racist! Come on, don't joke with that one!" the France international shared.

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