Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings have both been charged by the FA with “alleged violent conduct” for their roles in a pair of altercations during Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.
Mings stamped on the Swede’s head late in the opening half, while Ibrahimovic, obviously incensed, responded minutes later by throwing a nasty elbow to the head of the 23-year-old.
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Neither player was sent off by match official Kevin Friend, which opened them up to retrospective bans. They both have until Tuesday to respond to the charge.
Ibrahimovic, who has been the Red Devils’ talisman this season with 26 goals in all competitions, is likely to be hit with a three-match suspension for his violent outburst, despite his best efforts to downplay the retaliatory act after the match.
“I went for the ball and it was unlucky he jumped into my elbow. But it was nothing on purpose … I hope he’s not injured,” he said.
Mings, meanwhile, looks set for an extended spell on the sidelines, as the FA noted “the standard punishment that would otherwise apply for the misconduct committed by the Bournemouth defender is ‘clearly insufficient.'”
And yet, he too attempted to wash his hands of any responsibility when speaking after the feisty contest at Old Trafford.
“I would never do that. That’s not in my game,” Mings said. “Hard and fair is how I like to tackle but off the ball stuff like that isn’t in my game.”