Mings To Serve Five-Match Ban

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The Football Association has given Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings a five-match ban for violent conduct after appearing to have stamped on Ibrahimovic’s head.

The defender was to serve a three-match ban after he was charged at the end of the match, with his club planning to appeal the decision.

However, the FA made it known they were pushing for an extended ban and not the regular match ban for violent conduct after an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing.

In their statement, the FA said: “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’.”

Ibrahimovic was handed a three -match ban after catching Mings with his elbow. But Bournemouth will definitely be appealing the five-match ban handed to their defender.

A statement from Bournemouth said they were “extremely disappointed” with the decision, and insist there is no evidence to warrant the ban.

“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,” the statement read.

“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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