Ibrahimovic and Mings charged with violent conduct
Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Tyrone Mings have both been charged with violent conduct as a result of their involvement in two incidents in the Manchester United v Bournemouth Premier League match at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Mings was seen to make contact with Ibrahimovic's head with his studs in an off the ball incident in the first half of the match. Ibrahimovic retaliated shortly after, when he appeared to elbow Mings in the face whilst jumping for the ball. Neither of the players were punished for the incidents at the time, however they have been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association today, meaning that they now have until 6PM on Tuesday to reply to the charge.
The standard result of a violent conduct charge is a thee match ban, the same as if the players had been shown a red card. Ibrahimovic is expected to receive this suspension, meaning that he will miss out on Manchester United's crucial FA Cup quarter final tie against Chelsea, as well as Premier League fixtures against Middlesbrough and West Brom. However, the ban would not apply to Europa League fixtures, meaning that the Swede would be available to play against FC Rostov.
Tyrone Mings however faces a longer ban, with the FA stating that the three match suspension is "clearly insufficient" for this particular incident. A panel of former referees will decide the length of the ban because it was an off the ball incident that match officials on the day were not able to see. Bournemouth will be hoping for the smallest possible suspension, after a poor run of form has made them potential relegation candidates.