3 Jan 2010

Guardiola warns Ibrahimovic to control his temper

6:38 pm on 3 January 2010

Barcelona football coach Pep Guardiola says striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic needs to control his temper and accept the decisions made by match officials or he risks letting down the team.

The Sweden international, who moved to Barca from Inter Milan in the close season, protested a host of decisions in Barca's 1-1 La Liga draw at home to Villarreal, and was booked in the 88th minute for a reckless lunge at Diego Godin.

Guardiola says while Ibrahimovic is a great player, he's temperamental, and needs to remember he can't control the referees' decisions.

Real Madrid can leapfrog Barcelona at the top of La Liga if they win at Osasuna

on Monday.