In news that should surprise no one, Zlatan Ibrahimović has been charged with violent conduct by the English Football Association. If found guilty, the striker is facing a three-game ban, meaning that he will miss Monday’s FA Cup quarter-final against Chelsea, as well as the next two league fixtures against Middlesbrough and West Brom.
The charge is related to an incident during Saturday’s game against Bournemouth in which Ibrahimović elbowed Tyrone Mings. That itself was apparent retribution for another earlier bit of violence, where Mings stamped on Ibrahimović’s head. Mings has also been charged for that incident, and the Bournemouth man faces an even longer ban.
Amusingly, the big Swede claimed that Mings “jumped into [his] elbow,” but it would be a surprise if United were to contest the charges, and run the risk of adding an additional game to the ban for making a frivolous appeal. So a pointless result in a frustrating game has now proven even more costly than the two hours we all wasted watching it. Happy Monday!