FA Hands Zlatan Ibrahimovic Three Game Ban
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been banned for three matches after accepting the Football Association’s violent conduct charge.The Manchester United striker elbowed Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings during the 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Ibrahimovic will now miss Manchester United’s FA Cup sixth-round tie against Chelsea next Monday night, as well as Premier League fixtures against West Brom and Middlesbrough.
An FA statement read: “Zlatan Ibrahimovic will serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect after he admitted an FA charge of violent conduct and accepted the standard penalty.
“It follows an incident in or around the 44th minute of the game between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth on Saturday (4 March 2017).
“The misconduct was not seen by the match officials at the time but caught on video.”
Speaking after the game, Ibrahimovic insisted the incident was accidental. He said: “It was unlucky, he jumped into my elbow. But it was nothing on purpose.”
Mings said he was expecting a physical battle against United’s leading scorer in a match which saw Ibrahimovic miss a second-half penalty.
“He is a physical player,” said the Cherries defender. “I knew what sort of battle I would have playing against him. That’s what we had.”