Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Tyrone Mings, Bournemouth defender, were charged with violent conduct by the Football Association on Monday.
The drama all started when Mings landed on the United forward’s head with his studs and Ibrahimovic caught Mings in the face with his elbow soon afterwards during the teams’ 1-1 Premier League draw at Old Trafford on Saturday.
“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,” said the FA statement.
If Ibrahimovic chooses to accept the charge, he will automatically face a three-match ban, ruling him out of the FA Cup quarterfinal clash against Chelsea and the Premier League games against Middlesbrough and West Brom. If he chooses to contest it, the case will be heard by a panel before the end of this week, and if found not guilty, he would be free to play. Yikes!
Mings on the other hand could face an increased ban for his offence.
It’s pretty much lit for both of these players if things don’t go well.
After the game Ibrahimovic told the BBC: “Listen, what happens on the field stays on the field. I’m not someone who attacks someone off the field. You have the TV, you can see the images. I jump up and jump high and he jumps into my elbow.”
Speaking on MUTV, he added: “Hopefully, he is not injured. These situations happen. I go for the ball, and I am unlucky that he jumps into my elbow. Nothing on purpose.”
Mings, in an interview with Sky Sports, said he had not deliberately stamped on Ibrahimovic’s head.
“Not at all. I would never do that. That’s not in my game. Hard and fair is how I like to tackle but off the ball stuff like that isn’t in my game. He [Ibrahimovic] is who he is, he’s a good player, he’s a physical player. I knew what sort of battle I was going to be in for coming here. And that’s what we had all day, it was a battle,” said Mings
The players have until Tuesday 6pm to reply to the charge and face minimum three-match bans if found guilty.
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