FA issues Zlatan Ibrahimovic a 3-match ban for gross misconduct

Mar 09, 2017, 00:31
FA issues Zlatan Ibrahimovic a 3-match ban for gross misconduct

Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings were charged with violent conduct by the Football Association on Monday.

The FA has handed out its punishment to Tyrone Mings in relation to the head-stamping incident last Saturday.

Mings appeared to stamp on the Red Devils front man before Ibrahimovic caught his opponent in the face during an aerial challenge and the 35-year-old has been punished for his actions.

Mings proclaimed his innocence too but he was charged as well and that came with a caveat from the FA that it was advising that the mandatory three-game punishment would not suffice in this instance.

Ibrahimovic was given a three-game ban after he accepted a charge of violent conduct for elbowing Mings in the face moments after the defender's alleged stamp.

A pure case of revenge, Zlatan claimed Mings had simply jumped into his elbow and denied doing it on objective while the Cherries defender claimed his infraction was also a mistake.

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Like Mings, Ibrahimovic has been given until 6pm on Tuesday to respond to his charge.

Ibrahimović later claimed: "He jumped into my elbow" which raised one of only two laughs from the afternoon.

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After a frustrating 1-1 draw, Ibrahimovic told MUTV: "I jump, I protect myself, I jump very high, he jumps into me".

"Not at all. I would never do that", he said.

Speaking after Saturday's game, he said: "I respect every decision". "Hard and fair is how I like to tackle, but off-the-ball stuff like that isn't part of my game".