Furious Romelu Lukaku held back after clashing with Zlatan Ibrahimovic
The former Manchester United pair were involved in a heated argument
Romelu Lukaku had to be held back after clashing with Zlatan Ibrahimovic during Tuesday's Milan derby.
The pair, who were both teammates for a brief while at Manchester United, were seen (and heard) in a heated exchange shortly before half-time in the Coppa Italia clash between AC Milan and Inter Milan, briefly squaring up to each other before teammates intervened.
Tensions rising between Zlatan and Lukaku in the Milan derby 😳 pic.twitter.com/mbPDw32yn3
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) January 26, 2021
While both men received a yellow card for their troubles, it did little to quell the tension - with Lukaku appearing particularly furious as the teams left the field for half-time, having to be held back by teammates.
Zlatan and Lukaku are going at it 😳 pic.twitter.com/yMLFI72tiz
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) January 26, 2021
Ibrahimovic, who appeared to call Lukaku a "donkey" at one stage of the row, had given Milan the lead just after the half-hour mark, though it isn't immediately clear what triggered the clash between the strikers.
Though both players escaped further punishment before the second 45 started, Ibrahimovic lasted a mere 13 minutes of the second after he was given a second yellow card for a foul.
Lukaku was later responsible for Inter's equaliser, emphatically smashing home a penalty to level things up.