Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Tyrone Mings have been charged with alleged violent conduct for their clash during Manchester United and Bournemouth’s 1-1 draw in the Premier League match on Saturday at Old Trafford.
The players clashed several times with Bournemouth defender Mings stamping on Ibrahimovic’s head, whilst he was lying on the ground and the Swedish striker elbowing Mings. It’s looking likely Ibrahimovic could serve a three-game suspension with Mings looking at a longer suspension for his more serious incident, both of which were missed by match officials but caught on video.
Both players deny any wrongdoing but Ibrahimovic has stated he will respect any decision made by the Football Association. This could be disastrous for United as their top scorer could miss next Monday’s FA Cup quarter-final against Chelsea and Premier League games with West Brom and Middlesbrough as a result.
A statement on the FA website read: “The players were involved in two separate incidents in or around the 44th minute which were not seen by the match officials at the time but caught on video.
“Furthermore, the FA has submitted a claim that the standard punishment that would otherwise apply for the misconduct committed by the Bournemouth defender is ‘clearly insufficient’.
“Off-the-ball incidents which are not seen at the time by the match officials are referred to a panel of three former elite referees.”
The two players have until 6pm on Tuesday to respond to the charges. Ibrahimovic told match referee Kevin Friend.
“I jump up and jump high and he jumps into my elbow. It is not my intention to hurt someone.”
While Bournemouth defender said he had not intentionally stamped on Ibrahimovic’s head.
“I would never do that. That’s not in my game,” he said. “Hard and fair is how I like to tackle, but off-the-ball stuff like that isn’t part of my game.”