He’s the man who broke a rib of one of the best players in the world, but Oguchi Onyewu says there are two sides to every story.
Ibrahimovic wrote about the incident in his autobiography, where he compared the 31-year-old Onyewu, who is 6ft 5in and weighs 15 stone, to a heavyweight boxer.
The Swede’s version was that Onyewu taunted him with ‘trash talk’, provoking Ibrahimovic into making a two-footed tackle – and then head-butting his team-mate.
Onyewu has kept his counsel on the incident, until this week, when he broke his silence in an interview with Get West London. And he says the whole incident was nothing more than ‘a few slaps on the wrist’.
“I’m a good loving, light-hearted guy, but when I’m on a field one of my strengths has been my size; my physical presence and ability and it would be a crime not to display,” said Onyewu. “We gave each other slaps on the wrist and called it a day.
“It was an altercation but anybody should stand up for themselves 100 per cent and in his version of it some of is true – and some of it not.
“Until I come out with the story there are two sides that make the truth.”
Both players may have to wait a while before settling their differences, as Ibrahimovic and Sweden were denied a place in next summer’s World Cup in a 3-2 play-off defeat to Portugal on Tuesday night.
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