Five players who received longer bans than Tyrone Mings, including Aston Villa man

Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Bournemouth's Tyrone Mings are spoken to by referee Kevin Friend

AFC Bournemouth's Tyrone Mings has been banned for five matches after stamping on an opponent's head, however, these players from Sheffield Wednesday, Manchester City, Liverpool and Southampton received lengthier bans for a variety of offences.

Bournemouth's Tyrone Mings is challenged by Manchester United's Zlatan IbrahimovicThe duel between Tyrone Mings and Zlatan Ibrahimovic turned violent on several occasions

Tyrone Mings has been handed a five-match ban for his stamp on Zlatan Imbrahimovic’s head during last weekend's draw between Manchester United and Bournemouth.

Though the Swede seemed to try his hand at his own form of punishment, throwing an elbow just after the incident, which has seen him receive his own three-match ban, Bournemouth have reluctantly accepted the FA's decision, which will see Mings miss a big chunk of the remaining fixtures of the season.

On the surface it’s a hefty punishment, but when you consider a stamp to the head is an act that could really hurt a player, the defender has arguably got off lightly and especially so given some of the acts that have seen players suspended for longer.

Below are five players who had longer bans than Mings:

Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa)

Just last week the Aston Villa man was slapped with a six-game ban after bumping into the linesman, whom he was remonstrating with in the closing minutes of a match with Derby.

Players putting hands on officials is a common occurrence on this list, and is obviously been addressed by the FA in recent seasons.

Clearly Bacuna was wrong to do what he did, but does it really warrant a six-game suspension?

Aston Villa's Leandro Bacuna confronts the assistant referee before being sent offAston Villa's Leandro Bacuna confronts the assistant referee before being sent off

Ben Thatcher (Manchester City)

In 2006, while playing for Manchester City, Thatcher hospitalised Portsmouth’s Pedro Mendes after clattering into him and smashing his arm into the Portuguese’s face.

Although he was only booked at the time, Thatcher was later banned for eight games with a further 15-game ban suspended for two years.

Paolo Di Canio (Sheffield Wednesday)

Probably the most famous on-pitch disciplinary incident in the history of English football, Di Canio pushed referee Paul Alcock to the ground after being given his marching orders versus Arsenal.

Di Canio Sheffield WednesdayReferee Paul Alcock on the floor having been pushed by Paolo Di Canio

Alcock's desperate but futile attempts to stay upright helped make the incident iconic and let's be honest, quite humorous, but the FA didn't see it that way as they added an extra eight matches to his suspension meaning he missed 11 games in total.

The Italian never played for Wednesday again, moving to West Ham four months later.

Luis Suarez (Liverpool)

Suarez has of course had multiple lengthy suspensions but the one we’re concerned with here is a ten-game ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic.

Liverpool's Luis Suarez in actionAlso during his spell with Liverpool, Luis Suarez was banned for eight games for racially abusing an opponent

Yes, biting is bad and bizarre behavior that needs punishing and yes he’d done it before, but compared to some of the more physical reasons for bans mentioned here, it could be argued to be more daft than dangerous.

He was later banned from all "football-related activities" for four months after biting Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup.

David Prutton (Southampton)

Now more well-known for his punditry, Prutton used to be a fiery midfielder who was hit with a ten-match ban in Southampton’s 2004/05 season which ultimately ended in relegation.

In a bad-tempered game with Arsenal he laid hands on referee Alan Wiley while trying to get to the linesman, who had recommended he receive a second booking.

The subsequent ban, which was on top of missing one game for the two bookings, meant he was actually punished more severely than Di Canio having also admitted failing to leave the field of play promptly. 

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