Bournemouth fu­ri­ous over Ming ban

New Straits Times - - Sport -

Bournemouth have slammed an Eng­land FA reg­u­la­tory com­mis­sion af­ter full-back Ty­rone Mings was given a five-match sus­pen­sion for vi­o­lent con­duct.

Mings was cited for stamp­ing on the head of Manch­ester United striker Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic just be­fore half-time in a volatile Premier League draw at Old Traf­ford on Satur­day.

Ibrahi­movic has been banned for three matches for el­bow­ing ings shortly af­ter dur­ing the match.

The Bournemouth de­fender de­nied the ac­cu­sa­tion, in­sist­ing he did not in­tend to stand on the Swede, but an in­de­pen­dent panel found the charges proven, mean­ing Mings will miss al­most half of Bournemouth’s re­main­ing games this sea­son.

Bournemouth, how­ever, said there was “ab­so­lutely no ev­i­dence to prove the in­ci­dent was in­ten­tional” and added that Mings has the club’s full sup­port.

The club said in a state­ment: “We are ex­tremely dis­ap­pointed with the de­ci­sion to find Ty­rone Mings guilty of the charges against him and im­pose a fiveg­ame sus­pen­sion, fol­low­ing Satur­day’s in­ci­dent at Old Traf­ford in­volv­ing Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic.

“We will study the de­tailed rea­sons of the com­mis­sion once they be­come available but find it ex­tra­or­di­nary that the charges can be de­scribed as ‘proven’ when there is ab­so­lutely no ev­i­dence to prove the in­ci­dent was in­ten­tional.

“It is our strongly-held be­lief — backed up by our re­la­tion­ship with the player, and knowl­edge of his back­ground and char­ac­ter — that it was an ac­ci­den­tal col­li­sion.”

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