A Football Association source has said that disciplinary chiefs will wait for referee Kevin Friend’s match report before deciding whether to take any action against either Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Tyrone Mings.
Ibrahimovic and Mings clashed during Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Bournemouth at Old Trafford on Saturday. Mings was seen to stamp on Ibrahimovic’s head before the striker then caught his opponent with his elbow.
Neither player was dismissed by Friend, although Bournemouth captain Andrew Surman did receive a second yellow card after he shoved Ibrahimovic in the aftermath of the elbowing incident. The earliest either player is likely to face action will be Monday.
Following the game, Ibrahimovic told the BBC: “Listen, what happens on the field stays on the field.
“I’m not someone who attacks someone off the field. You have the TV, you can see the images. I jump up and jump high and he jumps into my elbow.”
Speaking on MUTV he added: “Hopefully he is not injured. These situations happen. I go for the ball and I am unlucky that he jumps into my elbow. Nothing on purpose.”
Mings, in an interview with Sky Sports, said he had not deliberately stamped on Ibrahimovic’s head.
“Not at all. I would never do that,” he said. “That’s not in my game. Hard and fair is how I like to tackle but off the ball stuff like that isn’t in my game.
“He [Ibrahimovic] is who he is, he’s a good player, he’s a physical player. I knew what sort of battle I was going to be in for coming here. And that’s what we had all day, it was a battle.
“There was maybe an elbow when the ball came in after, I didn’t see it, I felt it. But what happened after that with Surman getting sent off, I didn’t see it.”
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