Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be handed a three-match ban that will rule him out of Manchester United’s FA Cup quarter-final clash against Chelsea following a controversial elbowing incident during the 1-1 draw with Bournemouth on Saturday.
The giant Swede surprisingly escaped a red card during the match, but TV replays later clearly showed his deliberate elbow crash into the head of Mings. It was no doubt an act of unwanted retaliation for an apparent stamp on him by the Bournemouth player which was also missed by the referee.
The FA will now look into the incident and TV pundit Jamie Carragher suggested the Manchester United star “will get a ban, no doubt about that.”
Ibrahimovic certainly not have helped himself by his own comical analysis regarding the elbow incident after the match saying: “You have the TV, you can see the images, I jump up and jump high and he (Mings) jumps into my elbow.”
However, Mings have denied that his stamp was intentional, but he too may face a retrospective ban of three matches from the FA.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, as expected, was not in a mood to talk too much about the incident, but was clearly trying to control the damage as he said: “Zlatan is a big guy. We do not cry to the media about what happened in a match.
“I don’t comment on the incident. I comment on the big decisions of the game, the penalties, they were both correct. The referee was good. It was a good performance by the referee.
“The other things I didn’t see. I am not impressed too much. It is an altercation. The ref tries to analyse the intentions. One player does this, one does that. That is not important. I am not here to say what players deserve.”