Latest: Zlatan Ibrahimovic banned for three matches

Latest: Zlatan Ibrahimovic banned for three matches

Update 3.45pm: Zlatan Ibrahimovic has accepted his Football Association charge for violent conduct and will miss Manchester United's next three domestic games.

The 35-year-old will be suspended for Monday's FA Cup clash at Chelsea and Premier League fixtures with Middlesbrough and West Brom.

Ibrahimovic had been charged by the FA for elbowing Bournemouth's Tyrone Mings in Saturday's draw at Old Trafford - and the Cherries defender could be sanctioned with a ban of his own for an alleged stamp on the Swede's head.

Jose Mourinho's leading marksman has scored 26 goals in his first season in English football and his absence will be keenly felt given no other United player has managed to reach double figures.

Update 1.34pm: Bournemouth will contest Tyrone Mings' alleged violent conduct charge and the Football Association's recommendation he serves a longer ban, it is understood.

The 23-year-old Cherries player and Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic were both charged on Monday for incidents in Saturday's 1-1 draw at Old Trafford, where Mings' left boot landed on the head of the 35-year-old before the Swede's elbow struck the defender in the face.

In announcing the charges, the FA argued that the standard three-match ban Mings would serve was "clearly insufficient", and it is understood that Bournemouth intend to challenge the suggestion of an increased suspension.

A three-match punishment would rule Mings out of Bournemouth's fixtures with West Ham, Swansea and Southampton, but a ban of greater length would see him possibly sidelined when his team face Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham.


Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Tyrone Mings have a 6pm deadline on Tuesday to respond to the Football Association charges for alleged violent conduct they were served on Monday.

Manchester United stand to be without their talismanic Swedish forward for the FA Cup clash at Chelsea as well as Premier League encounters with Middlesbrough and West Brom after Ibrahimovic's elbow caught Mings in the face during Saturday's 1-1 draw with Bournemouth.

That came just after the Cherries defender's left boot landed on Ibrahimovic's head, with Mings now facing the possibility of an even longer ban following the FA's probe into the incidents.

Both players had professed their innocence and escaped punishment at the time as referee Kevin Friend failed to spot them, yet FA charges were brought about on Monday once a panel of three former elite officials had studied the video footage.

An FA statement read: "Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Tyrone Mings have both been charged with alleged violent conduct following the Manchester United versus AFC Bournemouth game on Saturday (4 March 2017).

"The players were involved in two separate incidents in or around the 44th minute 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'.

"Both players have until 6pm on Tuesday 7 March 2017 to reply to their charge."

Ibrahimovic later had a second-half penalty saved in the game as United drew for the seventh time at home in the Premier League and his bad day has since been compounded by the possibility of retrospective punishment.

The 35-year-old seemed prepared to accept such an eventuality when quizzed on the matter following Saturday's game.

"I respect every decision," he had said.

"I am not here to attack anybody. My purpose was not to do that. The game is hard."

He and Mings had been involved in an ongoing tussle throughout the afternoon at Old Trafford which ignited once Ibrahimovic threw his marker to the ground.

On the stroke of half-time Mings then stood on Ibrahimovic as he looked to hurdle both him and Wayne Rooney in the build up to a United attack.

The former Ipswich man claimed any contact with Ibrahimovic's head was purely accidental - though former England defender and current TV pundit Jamie Carragher had argued it was "disgraceful".

"It wasn't intentional," Mings stressed. "If there is reaction (from pundits), there is reaction after.

"They have time to slow it down and look at it from different angles.

"When you are out there on the pitch you have to try and get back in and defend.

"I obviously didn't mean it, but if there is reaction, there is reaction - everyone will have an opinion. That is football."

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