Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings has hit out at the five-match suspension handed down to him by the Football Association following his stamp on Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic last Saturday.
Mings insisted after the game at Old Trafford that he had no intention to hurt his opponent in a heated battle that finished with Ibrahimovic accepting a three-match ban for a retaliatory elbow on his rival.
Now Mings has reaffirmed his claim that he did not intent to stamp on the Swedish striker, in comments posted on Twitter.
"I am extremely disappointed at the FA's decision to ban me for five matches, following what was an accidental collision with Zlatan Ibrahimovic," he wrote.
"At no time was there any intentional stamp or a movement to suggest that.
"My foot did not change course and at no point did I try and move my foot towards his head. My only focus was to get back in and defend, conduct like that is not part of my game.
"So for people to deem that I could intentionally stamp on a fellow professional's head is upsetting.
"It is an action that would not be acceptable in any walk of life, let alone on a football pitch, and one that would never cross my mind.
"I would like to thank AFC Bournemouth and all the club's fans for their unwavering support this week. I can't wait to get back to playing again and help the team retain our Premier League status for another season."
Ibrahimovic and his manager Jose Mourinho have so far failed to offer any comment on his suspension that will see him miss Monday’s FA Cup quarter-final against Chelsea.