Ibrahi­movic, Mings charged over Old Traf­ford clash

New Straits Times - - Sport -

Manch­ester United striker Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic and Bournemouth de­fender Ty­rone Mings were charged with vi­o­lent con­duct yes­ter­day over two in­ci­dents in Satur­day’s 1-1 draw.

Mings ap­peared to de­lib­er­ately stamp on Ibrahi­movic’s head as he jumped over him late in the first half at Old Traf­ford and the Swedish striker seemed to re­tal­i­ate mo­ments later by el­bow­ing the de­fender in the head.

Both play­ers would or­di­nar­ily face three-game bans, but Eng­land’s Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion said in Mings’s case the stan­dard pu­n­ish­ment was “clearly in­suf­fi­cient”.

“Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic and Ty­rone Mings have both been charged with al­leged vi­o­lent con­duct fol­low­ing the Manch­ester United ver­sus AFC Bournemouth game on Satur­day,” the FA said in a state­ment.

“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’.”

Match ref­eree Kevin Friend spoke to Ibrahi­movic, who had al­ready been booked, fol­low­ing his el­bow on Mings, but nei­ther player was cau­tioned.

As a re­sult, the in­ci­dent was re­ferred to a panel of three for­mer elite ref­er­ees, who unan­i­mously con­cluded that both of­fences mer­ited red cards.

A three-game ban would see Ibrahi­movic miss United’s trip to Chelsea in the FA Cup quar­ter­fi­nals as well as Premier League games with Mid­dles­brough and West Bromwich Al­bion.

At the very least, Mings stands to miss league matches against West Ham United, Swansea City and Southamp­ton.

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