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Back in big time: Ex-Leeds, Villa boss O'Leary in furious Ibrahimovic clash

Former Aston Villa and Leeds United boss David O'Leary was back in the big time last night.

O'Leary clashed furiously with AC Milan star Zlatan Ibrahimovic during his Al Ahli team's Emirates Challenge Cup defeat.

The Irishman took issue with a heavy challenge by Ibra on one of his players and had to be held back by colleagues as he hollered at the Swede who in turn taunted O'Leary from a distance.

Afterwards, O'Leary said: "I wouldn't want to talk about him (Ibrahimovic). It's been a pleasure to have AC Milan here.

"It's a club I've admired for a long long time. I've been lucky at Arsenal to play against them and then to be manager against them. It was a lovely evening. I hope Milan got what they wanted out of it and Robinho is alright. I hope they go on to win the league as well."

Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri said: "It was just a nervous moment between the player and coach. It died out immediately after that."

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