Bournemouth 'extremely disappointed' after Tyrone Mings is handed a five-game ban for Ibrahimovic 'stamp'

The club claim it is "extraordinary" for Mings to have been found guilty of a stamp

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The Football Association have announced that Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings will serve a five-match ban for violent conduct after clashing with  Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic last weekend.

The suspension followed an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing.

Mings and Manchester United forward Ibrahimovic were both charged for clashing in Saturday's 1-1 Premier League draw at Old Trafford.

Mings had landed on Ibrahimovic's head with his studs just before half time and the Swede caught the Bournemouth player in the face with his elbow soon afterwards.

Ibrahimovic accepted the charge and was handed a three match ban on Tuesday, ruling him out of United's FA Cup quarter-final at league leaders Chelsea on Monday.

The incidents were not seen by match officials but caught on video.

Bournemouth expressed their disappointment with the decision in a statement, highlighting the player's "excellent disciplinary record".

Mings has not been sent off in 75 matches as a professional, receiving only 13 yellow cards with the last coming in April 2015, the club said on their website.

“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 said.

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“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.”

After the match Mings told journalists he "obviously did not mean" to catch the Swedish international with his boot as he jumped over him. 

“I obviously didn’t mean it, but if there is reaction there is reaction, everyone will have an opinion that is football,” he said.

"It wasn't intentional. People have had time to slow it down and look at it from different angles. But when you are out there on the pitch you have to try and get back in and defend. It is a big jump if you are asking me to jump over two people."

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