ZLATAN Ibrahimovic has been given, and accepted, a three-match ban for his part in the ‘bar brawl’ during Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Bournemouth.
Tyrone Mings has also been charged with violent conduct and can expect to be similarly punished. Why the south coast club are considering an appeal is beyond belief.
We all saw what happened; we all saw Mings stamp on Zlatan’s head – what is there to appeal against?
Accept your punishment and move on.
Ibrahimovic, United’s leading scorer with 26 goals in his potential one and only season for the club, will be a big miss. Mings, not so much if he gets the ban his reckless action deserves.
The Swedish striker will miss Monday’s FA Cup quarter-final at Chelsea and Premier League games against Middlesbrough and West Brom.
He is, however, eligible to play in the Europa League tie against Rostov in Russia on Thursday. Someone please explain that rule to me!
If you remember, Mings jumped on Zlatan’s head before the United star sought retribution with a wild swing of his elbow. Both came out alive!
The players were given until 18:00 GMT on Tuesday to respond to the charges.
Deliberate elbowing and stamping are both red card offences. However, the Football Association has suggested Mings could face an increased ban for his offence.
An FA statement said: “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.”
Surely, it is an open and shut case. Did the panel not see what we saw – over and over again. Check the replays, chaps.