Manchester United striker, Zlatan Ibrahimović, has been handed a three-match ban after accepting his violent conduct charge following his elbow on AFC Bournemouth defender, Tyrone Mings on Saturday.
The ban mean Ibra will miss United’s trip to Chelsea next Monday for their FA Cup quarterfinal, as well as English Premier League fixtures away to Middlesbrough and at home to West Bromwich Albion.
Mings, who was also charged with violent conduct for stamping on Ibrahimović’s head prior to the elbow, is still awaiting a ruling in his case, though Bournemouth have said they will appeal the charge. The English FA has suggested Mings could receive a longer ban.
“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’.” – FA statement
Ibrahimović will be available for selection in UEFA Europa League action as United travel to Russia to take on FK Rostov in the first leg of their Round of 16 tie.
This is the Swedish striker’s second suspension of the season, having missed United’s 1-1 draw at home to Arsenal in November due to yellow card accumulation.