Football: Ibrahimovic cops three-game ban for elbow on Mings

Manchester United's Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic elbowing Bournemouth's English defender Tyrone Mings during Saturday's game at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England.
Manchester United's Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic elbowing Bournemouth's English defender Tyrone Mings during Saturday's game at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England.PHOTO: AFP

LONDON • Zlatan Ibrahimovic has accepted a three-match ban for violent conduct for elbowing Bournemouth's Tyrone Mings during Saturday's 1-1 Premier League draw at Old Trafford.

The Manchester United striker will miss Monday's FA Cup quarter-final at Chelsea and league games against Middlesbrough and West Bromwich Albion.

A Football Association statement read: "Zlatan Ibrahimovic will serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect after he admitted an FA charge of violent conduct and accepted the standard penalty...

"The misconduct was not seen by the match officials at the time but caught on video."

Mings was also charged with violent conduct by the FA for stamping on the United striker's head. He could receive a longer ban because stamping is considered a more serious offence.

The FA said it has "submitted a claim that the standard punishment that would otherwise apply for the misconduct committed by the Bournemouth defender is 'clearly insufficient'."

The panel judging the charge will decide on any punishment.

But Bournemouth have said they will appeal against Mings' charge.

The flashpoints occurred within moments of each other late in the first half during a surprisingly spiteful contest at Old Trafford and were missed by the referee, Kevin Friend.

The official submitted his report to the FA on Monday morning and said he had not seen them.

A panel of three former elite referees watched the footage independently and unanimously agreed charges should be brought.

Both players protested their innocence, with Mings insisting he accidentally trod on Ibrahimovic as he attempted to jump over two United players lying on the ground.

The Swede claimed Mings "jumped into my elbow" after he caught the Bournemouth man in the face and that he did not target him for retribution.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, THE GUARDIAN

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 08, 2017, with the headline 'Ibrahimovic cops three-game ban for elbow on Mings'. Print Edition | Subscribe