Bournemouth's Mings banned for five matches

Indo Asian News Service

London, March 9 (IANS) Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings has been handed a five-game ban by the English Football Association for violent conduct in an English Premier League (EPL) match against Manchester United last Saturday.

A FA panel ruled on Wednesday that he deliberately stood on the head of Manchester United veteran striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the 1-1 draw at Old Trafford, reports Xinhua news agency.

The FA said in a statement: "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 banned for three matches for an elbow on Mings face in the same game.

Bournemouth soon expressed their support for their player, saying in a statement that they were "extremely disappointed" with the decision.

"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.

"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."

--IANS

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