Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Tyrone Mings have been charged with alleged violent conduct by the Football Association following separate incidents during the Premier League game between Manchester United and Bournemouth on Saturday.
A statement from the FA said the incidents “were not seen by the match officials at the time but caught on video.”
“Furthermore, 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.'”
“Off-the-ball incidents which are not seen at the time by the match officials are referred to a panel of three former elite referees.
“Each referee panel member will review the video footage independently of one another to determine whether they consider it a sending-off offence. For retrospective action to be taken, and an FA charge to follow, the decision of the panel must be unanimous.”
Ibrahimovic and Mings have until 6 p.m. on Tuesday to reply to their respective charges.
If Zlatan Ibrahimovic accepts the charge, he will automatically face a three-match ban which will rule him out of the FA Cup quarterfinal clash against Chelsea and subsequently the Premier League games against Middlesbrough and West Brom. If he chooses to contest it then the case will be heard by a panel before the end of this week and, if found not-guilty, he would be free to play against Chelsea.