Published: Thu, March 09, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Paul McGrath's verdict on Mings v Ibrahimovic

Paul McGrath's verdict on Mings v Ibrahimovic

The FA also confirmed that Mings could face more than a standard three-match ban for violent conduct if the charge against him is upheld.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Tyrone Mings have both been charged with alleged violent conduct by England's FA following separate incidents during Manchester United and Bournemouth's 1-1 draw in the Premier League on Saturday.

Both players had protested their innocence following the contest by claiming there was no intent behind their actions, with Mings telling Sky Sports he would "never" purposely stamp on anyone and Ibrahimovic claiming to BBC Sport that Mings jumped "into my elbow".

Ibrahimovic and Mings have until 6pm on Tuesday to respond to the charges. Off-the-ball incidents which are not seen at the time by the match officials are referred to a panel of three former elite referees.

He told The Times: "Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Tyrone Mings should have been sent off by Kevin Friend on Saturday and both players are likely to face retrospective bans after clashing on a number of occasions at Old Trafford".

Under FA disciplinary rules, any incident not seen by the match officials is reviewed by three ex-referees, who must all agree a red-card offence has been committed before a charge is issued.

Mings left Ibrahimovic with a cut to the side of his head when he tried to hurdle over the Swede and teammate Wayne Rooney as they lay on the floor.

Speaking after the game, Ibrahimovic denied any intent and claimed that Mings had simply jumped into his elbow. For another, Bournemouth played half of the game with just 10 men after Andrew Surman was sent off for pushing Zlatan Ibrahimovic late in the opening half. "I'm not someone who attacks someone off the field".

The switch of the 19-year-old would give United a far more pacey outlet, but Rashford arguably falls well short of Ibrahimovic in terms of his ability with his back to goal which has proven to be a huge part of United's game this season. "The game is hard".

"It wasn't intentional", he said.

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

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