Ex-Man Utd star demands apology from Sweden boss who stormed out of interview
FORMER Manchester United star Bojan Djordjic has demanded an apology from Sweden boss Janne Andersson after the pair were involved in a bitter row live on air.
Andersson, 60, appeared on Viaplay’s coverage of his side’s 5-0 win over Azerbaijan on Monday night.
Pundit Djordjic asked Andersson about Jesper Karlsson’s lack of game time across the international break – after the AZ Alkmaar ace received just eight minutes of action in two matches.
And the question prompted a furious response from Andersson, who accused Djordjic of “whining” before controversially asking the ex-winger “who do you represent?”
Djordjic, 41, was born in Belgrade but represented Sweden’s national teams at youth level.
He responded to Andersson: “Sweden, of course, why wouldn’t I? What kind of thing is this then? Are you going to say something else?”
According to Swedish paper Expressen, Djordjic later demanded an apology during Viaplay’s coverage.
He said: “Should I constantly excuse myself? Should I have my own say? I have people who have my back and know what I stand for. But this. I will have an excuse.
“If those with Petra Thoren, who is the press manager, listen and check through it, they should not make up any sentence other than an excuse for how to behave. I will never apologise for who I am.”
Quizzed in the press conference if he had insinuated that Djordjic does not represent Sweden, Andersson said: “Never in hell.”
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Asked to clarify his “who do you represent” comment – Andersson added: “I don’t know what I said. Don’t talk about Serbia and stuff like that. I can’t stand that kind of s***.
“I speak to him as a media representative. Don’t mix anything else in, I can’t bear it. I may have expressed myself badly, But don’t mix it up, then I’ll be really p***ed off.
“I can apologise if I said something bad. If I said something bad, I can take responsibility for it. Don’t mix that up. Then I get p***ed off.”
Djordjic joined Manchester United as a youngster in 1999 and spent six years on the books at Old Trafford.
He made two senior appearances under Sir Alex Ferguson, before going on to turn out for Rangers, Plymouth Argyle and Blackpool as well as teams around Europe including in Sweden before finishing his career with a year in India.
Source: The Sun
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