Trevor Steven at the Northern Virginia Sports Xchange covers the Premier League as a whole and the EPL exclusively for NBC Sports. Follow him on Twitter @StevenSporting or reach him via email: [email protected]


The Premier League’s biggest club is facing a possible sanction from the International Champions Cup over a player tweeting support for pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

Los Angeles Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has left Manchester United to join the MLS side, tweeted his support for the civil disobedience movement on Oct. 26.

UEFA released a statement Friday saying it would hold a “formal investigation” into the tweets in which Ibrahimovic, under his @Ibra_official account, referred to the protests as “pro-democracy movements.”

“We understand that it is not UEFA’s practice to take such action, which instead requires serious errors by a club or player, but we nonetheless refuse to accept the narrative of these criticisms to be played down,” UEFA said.

Zenit St. Petersburg midfielder Alexander Anyukov was last week fined 500,000 euros ($565,000) for a tweet in which he supported a player protest by appearing to simulate a sex act.

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