Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association for his elbow on Tyrone Mings during Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Bournemouth. Mings has been charged with the same offence for the stamping of the united striker’s head.
Flashpoints occurred within moments of each other during a surprisingly unforgiving contest at Old Trafford on Saturday 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 looked at the images independently and unanimously agreed charges should be laid.
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If Ibrahimovic receivesis found guilty, he faces a three-match ban, the decision of the FA Cup quarter-final against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge next Monday, as well as the Premier League matches at Middlesbrough and home to West Bromwich Albion.
Mings could receive a longer ban because the stamping is considered a more serious offence. The FA has said that it has “submitted a claim that the standard punishment that would otherwise apply for the offence committed by the Bournemouth defender is clearly not enough””. The evaluation committee will decide on any punishment.
Both players protested their innocence, with Mings insisting on the fact that he accidentally stepped on Ibrahimovic that he had attempted to jump over two players lying on the ground.
The Swedish claimed Mings “jumped in my elbow” and it does not target him for the punishment. They have until 6pm on Tuesday to respond to the accusations.