Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Tyrone Mings hit with FA charges

09 March, 2017, 00:21 | Author: Douglas Reid
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Mings, however, is facing a lengthier ban after the FA claimed that three games would be "clearly insufficient" for the defender's alleged violent act.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association for his elbow on Tyrone Mings during Manchester United's 1-1 draw with Bournemouth on Saturday.

Both players have until 6pm tomorrow to appeal the charge.

United slumped to yet another draw in the Premier League to start the weekend, failing to put more than one past the previously sieve-like AFC Bournemouth defense - though it was perhaps down more to poor finishing than any actual defensive solidity from the visiting Cherries at Old Trafford.

Yet that was not the view of a panel of three former elite referees who reviewed the video footage and unanimously determined that both incidents were considered sending-off offences. Zlatan of course claims that the defender "jumped into his elbow", giving us a glimpse at life inside his own reality distortion field.

The clashes between the pair came after Ibrahimovic had already tossed Mings to the ground during their ongoing battle in the lunchtime kick-off.

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That prompted Bournemouth's Andrew Surman to push United's 35-year-old striker over, earning him a second caution of the afternoon, though referee Friend did not brandish a card at either Ibrahimovic or Mings. "I'm not someone who attacks someone off the field".

Friend did not book either player at the time as tempers flared at the end of the first half, enabling the FA to take retrospective action.

Mings also denied deliberately stamping on his opponent's head, telling Sky Sports: "I would never do that".

'They have time to slow it down and look at it from different angles. But that isn't something I think about because all the defenders, they try to stop you and me as a striker I try to score goals. With the elbow I see it clearly, I jump up, I jump high, I protect myself, same time I go for the ball and he jumps into my elbow.

"I obviously didn't mean it, but if there is reaction there is reaction, everyone will have an opinion that is football".



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