Wondering what Zlatan Ibrahimovic did? Well, Zlatan would be missing the FA Cup quarter-final at Chelsea after accepting a charge of violent conduct. He was slammed with an immediate three-match ban.
England’s Football Association announced this on Tuesday, this was due to Ibrahimovic and Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings clash on Saturday’s bad-tempered 1-1 Premier League draw.
Mings appeared to deliberately stamp on Ibrahimovic’s head as he jumped over him late in the first half at Old Trafford and the Swedish striker seemed to retaliate moments later by elbowing the defender in the head.
However, Ibrahimovic denied elbowing Mings on purpose, saying after the game: “I jump up and jump high and he jumps into my elbow. It is not my intention to hurt someone.” The incident was referred to a panel of three former elite referees, who unanimously concluded that both offences merited red cards.
Mings said he had not intentionally stamped on Ibrahimovic’s head, “I would never do that. That’s not in my game,” he said. “Hard and fair is how I like to tackle, but off-the-ball stuff like that isn’t part of my game.