Hamren defends Ibrahimovic over ref tirade

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's criticism of referee Lionel Jaffredo after PSG's defeat to Bordeaux has been defended by Sweden coach Erik Hamren.

Sweden coach Erik Hamren has spoken out in defence of Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic following his foul-mouthed rant after Sunday's 3-2 defeat to Bordeaux.

Speaking in the mixed zone at the Stade Chaban Delmas, Ibrahimovic took a verbal swipe at referee Lionel Jaffredo, he said: "[I've] played 15 years I've never seen a referee this s*** country.

"Don't even deserve PSG to be in this country. F****** too good for all of you."

Sweden striker Ibrahimovic - who scored both goals in the loss before Diego Rolan won it late on for Bordeaux - has since apologised, stressing that his words "were directed neither towards France nor towards the French".

Despite his show of remorse, Ibrahimovic faces a disciplinary hearing on Thursday.

But Hamren told Sveriges Radio: "You have to see the context in which it happens. It's just after a match and there are a lot of feelings.

"He did not say this in a press conference. If we had a microphone in the locker room after games, we hear many things considered stupid by many. But that's the way it works."