Zlatan Ibrahimovic charged with violent conduct, set to be banned

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Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been charged with alleged violent conduct by the Football Association following his elbow on Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings during Saturday's 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.

Bournemouth's Mings could be set for a much lengthier suspension with stamping deemed a more serious offence by FA regulations. Should the 31-year-old start as a nine once more, it would give the manager the chance to play both Martial and Rashford in wide positions should he need greater pace on the flanks.

Speaking after the game, Ibrahimovic denied any intent and claimed that Mings had simply jumped into his elbow.

A statement from the governing body read: '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'.

Looking for a second beyond Monday's match against West Ham United and to next Monday's FA Cup quarterfinal against Manchester United, who are likely to be, and certainly should be, without their biggest talisman for the trip to Stamford Bridge after the events of Saturday (unless The FA bottle it and don't suspend him). I think I jumped over someone else and if I caught him, I caught him.

Hopefully he didn't get injured or something because my intention was not to injure, it was the opposite. These situations happen. I go for the ball and I am unlucky that he jumps into my elbow. "Nothing on objective, nothing to do about now and hopefully he's not injured".

The 23-year-old appeared to make contact with the United striker's head with his boot sparking Ibrahimovic's angry reaction moments later.

The clashes between the pair came after Ibrahimovic had already tossed Mings to the ground during their ongoing battle in the lunchtime kick-off.

Earlier this season Rochdale striker Calvin Andrew received a 12 game ban for elbowing Oldham defender Peter Clarke in an off-the-ball incident missed by the referee but caught on camera. It was frightful to see and just imagine what might have happened if he had connected with the side of his skull.

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