Published: Thu, March 09, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Charged with Violent Conduct After Elbow on Tyrone Mings

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Charged with Violent Conduct After Elbow on Tyrone Mings

Manchester United star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been charged with alleged violent conduct following Saturday's match with Bournemouth, according to the Football Association.

"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", read an FA statement.

The Cherries' defender had with his boot stamped the Manchester United player on his head and moments later Zlatan launched a revenge by ferociously hitting Mings with his elbow.

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.

Ibrahimovic and Mings have until 6 p.m. on Tuesday to reply to their respective charges. Bournemouth, who are 14th in the table, host West Ham United next before matches against Swansea City, Southampton, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.

Both players escaped punishment during a controversial referring performance and Ibrahimovic has since pleaded his innocence by saying 'he jumps into my elbow'.

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"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", they added.

That sanction would see United's top scorer miss Monday's FA Cup quarter-final against Chelsea, as well as league meetings with Middlesbrough and West Brom. "I think he jumps backwards and I jump straight up and unfortunately he jumps into my elbow", he told MUTV.

"In my situation, I jump up, I jump high and at the same time I protect myself and, unlucky, he jumps into me. Hard and fair is how I like to tackle".

The switch of the 19-year-old would give United a far more pacey outlet, but Rashford arguably falls well short of Ibrahimovic in terms of his ability with his back to goal which has proven to be a huge part of United's game this season.

Did Zlatan Ibrahimovic deserve a red card for this play?

'You know exactly what you are going to get against him. And that's what we had all day, it was a battle. It was terrible to see and just imagine what might have happened if he had connected with the side of his skull.

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