Friday 18 August 2017

Jamie Carragher slams 'disgraceful' Tyrone Mings for 'horrific' head stamp on Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Jamie Carragher said Tyrone Mings 'deserved a slap' for the clash CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES
Jamie Carragher said Tyrone Mings 'deserved a slap' for the clash CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES

Callum Davis

Jamie Carragher has condemned Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings after he appeared to tread on Zlatan Ibrahimovic's head during Manchester vs Bournemouth on Saturday lunchtime.

The 23-year-old had been tussling with the Manchester United forward for large parts of the first half as both teams played out an eventful opening 45 minutes at Old Trafford.

The pair first clashed when Ibrahimovic appeared to throw the defender to the ground in an off-the-ball incident.

As half time approached, Ibrahimovic inadvertently tripped over Wayne Rooney before Mings tried to hurdle the prostrate Swede, landing his left foot on the side of Ibrahimovic's head.

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In their half time analysis of the incident, Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher called the stamp 'disgraceful.'

Minutes after the clash, Zlatan Ibrahimovic sought retribution with Mings at a Manchester United corner, striking the centre-back with his elbow as the pair contested the cross.

"The one from Mings is just horrific and he deserves a smack for that," said Carragher.

"It's an absolute disgrace. You go back to when you’re a kid if someone stamps on your head, you’d want to get them back."

Carragher's fellow Sky Sports pundit, Thierry Henry, agreed that he could understand Ibrahimovic's act of retribution.

"It makes you understand why Zlatan did what he did after. If someone did it to me, unfortunately you’re gonna try to do something back to the man," said the former Arsenal striker.

Both players involved escaped any punishment from referee Kevin Friend, although it's likely the pair could face retrospective action for each incident.

Bournemouth's Andrew Surman was sent off after receiving his second yellow card for pushing Zlatan Ibrahimovic to the ground in the fracas that erupted in response to Ibrahimovic's alleged elbow.

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