Thursday 18 January 2018

Ibrahimovic set to miss Chelsea cup clash after FA charge

Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association Photo: Getty Images
Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association Photo: Getty Images

Chris Bascombe

Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is facing a three-match ban - which would include the FA Cup quarter-final against Chelsea - after being charged with violent conduct by the Football Association.

Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings is likely to be suspended for longer following his clash with the Swede during the 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on Saturday because the FA deems the 23-year-old's actions to have been more serious.

Mings has been judged by a three-man panel of former elite referees to have deliberately stamped on Ibrahimovic - an act not spotted by referee Kevin Friend.

Ibrahimovic is deemed to have taken retribution in the aftermath of the stamp, the FA panel deciding he, too, should have been sent off for violent conduct for elbowing Mings.

Again, it was not spotted by the match officials but the video evidence was available for review.

Both players have until 6pm today to respond to the charges. If they accept them, they will be banned immediately for three games, but Mings will then have to await further sanction.

Denying the charges would send the matter to an Independent Regulatory Commission, which would assess evidence from all parties.


A statement on the FA website read: "The players were involved in two incidents 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'."

In addition to Jose Mourinho's return to Chelsea in the FA Cup, Ibrahimovic would be forced to sit out league games against Middlesbrough and West Bromwich Albion should he accept the charge, or it be proved.

The charge will not impact on Ibrahimovic's availability for the Europa League, in which United face Rostov on Thursday.

Mings looks certain to miss Bournemouth's matches against West Ham, Swansea City and Southampton.

There are broad parameters available for a longer suspension when the standard three games are viewed as insufficient.

Earlier this season Rochdale striker Calvin Andrew received a 12-game ban for elbowing Oldham defender Peter Clarke in an off-the-ball incident missed by the referee but caught on camera. This was later reduced to nine games after an appeal.

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