Zlatan Ibrahimovic to serve three-game ban
The Football Association released the following statement on Tuesday afternoon:
“Zlatan Ibrahimovic will serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect after he admitted an FA charge of violent conduct and accepted the standard penalty.
“It follows an incident in or around the 44th minute of the game between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth on Saturday (4 March 2017).
“The misconduct was not seen by the match officials at the time but caught on video.”
United’s leading scorer will consequently miss the Emirates FA Cup tie at Chelsea, followed by the Premier League matches against Middlesbrough and West Brom. He is due to return in the home game with Everton on 4 April but remains eligible for the Reds’ Europa League clashes with FC Rostov.
Ibrahimovic has missed only one league game all season up to this point, the draw with Arsenal in November.
Recalled, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Tyrone Mings were both charged with alleged violent conduct following the Manchester United versus AFC Bournemouth game on Saturday [March 4 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.
Off-the-ball incidents which were not seen at the time by the match officials was referred to a panel of three former elite referees.
Each referee panel member reviewed the video footage independently of one another to determine whether they consider it a sending-off offence.