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Inter Milan president Moratti defends Ibrahimovic over crowd baiting

Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has defended Zlatan Ibrahimovic after he baited the home crowd during their 2-0 victory over Lazio.

After scoring his goal, Ibra put his finger to his lips among other gestures as Inter's fans turned on their own players.

"I think it was an instinctive gesture more than anything else," assured Moratti. "At that moment he did not expect to be jeered, he told me so afterwards. I repeat it was an instinctive reaction that does not in any way damage his future at Inter.

"Ibra will continue to wear the Nerazzurri shirt next season."

This is not the first time that the San Siro crowd has been harsh on its squad, who are seven points clear at the top of the table.

"It happens that the crowd, or a certain element, can feel the tension and fear so they find no other way of complaining than to jeer," continued Moratti.

"However, one would expect them to reserve a certain respect for some specific players who gave their all throughout the season.

"Let's just say that people like Ibra should be given a little more understanding. In any case, his reaction on the field was so constructive and fiery that he received respect and enthusiasm from the fans, too.

"The jeers transformed into cheers."

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