FA charges Ibrahimovic, faces three-match ban

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic faces a three-match ban after being charged with violent conduct by the FA.

The Manchester United striker appeared to elbow Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings during the 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Mings has also been charged and faces a lengthier ban for appearing to stamp on the Swede in an earlier incident during the Premier League clash.

Both players have until 6pm on Tuesday to reply to the charge.

Ibrahimovic could 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.

Ibrahimovic maintains elbow on Mings was an accident as violent-conduct ban looms

The Swede said the clash was accidental following the game. “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.

“There might have been an elbow when the ball came in. I didn’t see it but I felt it! I had a feeling he might be coming for me for the whole game. He’s a physical guy and it was a good battle all day.”

A statement on the FA’s website said: “Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Tyrone Mings have both been charged with alleged violent conduct following the Manchester United versus AFC Bournemouth game on Saturday [4 March 2017].

“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.

“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’.

“Off the ball incidents which are not seen at the time by the match officials are referred to a panel of three former elite referees.

“Each referee panel member will review the video footage independently of one another to determine whether they consider it a sending-off offence. For retrospective action to be taken, and an FA charge to follow, the decision of the panel must be unanimous.”

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