Tyrone Mings has been banned for five matches after being found guilty of violent conduct following an incident involving Zlatan Ibrahimovic during Bournemouth’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Both players were charged by the Football Association on Monday following a couple of flashpoints in a tempestuous game that also saw Bournemouth’s Andrew Surman sent off. Mings and Ibrahimovic clashed just prior to that red card, with the Bournemouth defender’s left boot landing on the head of Ibrahimovic as the United striker lay on the floor. Moments later Ibrahimovic elbowed Mings in the face.
Kevin Friend, the referee, took no action against Mings or Ibrahimovic at the time and informed the FA via his official match report that he had not witnessed either incident, leaving the door open to retrospective action.
Ibrahimovic accepted a three-match ban on Tuesday, but Bournemouth contested the FA’s recommendation that Mings should serve a longer ban after the governing body argued that the standard three-match suspension was “clearly insufficient” in the case of the 23-year-old defender.
Mings protested his innocence immediately after the match and claimed that there was no intent, but he will now have to serve an extended suspension that rules him out of Bournemouth’s next five games, against West Ham United, Swansea City, Southampton, Liverpool and Chelsea.
Bournemouth, who cannot appeal the decision, released a statement on Wednesday following the ban imposed on their defender. “AFC Bournemouth are extremely disappointed with the FA Regulatory Commission’s decision to find Tyrone Mings guilty of the charges against him and impose a five-game suspension, following Saturday’s incident at Old Trafford involving Zlatan Ibrahimovic,” read a club statement.
“We will study the detailed reasons of the commission once they become available but find it extraordinary that the charges can be described as ‘proven’ when there is absolutely no evidence to prove the incident was intentional.
“It is our strongly held belief – backed up by our relationship with the player, and knowledge of his background and character – that it was an accidental collision.
“Tyrone twice apologised to Ibrahimovic during the match for the accidental collision and also reiterated that there was no intent straight after the final whistle in a series of television interviews.
“We fully support our player. Tyrone has an excellent disciplinary record and has not been sent off in 75 matches as a professional. During that time he has only received 13 yellow cards – the last of which came in April 2015.”
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