Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Tyrone Mings charged with alleged violent conduct
Mar 09 2017
"I was shocked by what we all witnessed at Old Trafford on Saturday - and Tyrone Mings should hang his head in shame for one of the most cowardly acts I have seen on a football pitch in many a year", McGrath wrote in a sundayworld.com column.
The FA now look certain to hand the pair three-match bans, with McGrath suggesting Mings could face stronger punishment after his rash challenge. A panel of three former elite referees watched the footage independently and unanimously agreed charges should be brought.
The players were involved in two separate incidents in or around the 44th minute which were not seen by the match officials at the time but caught on video.
"So while I sympathise with Ibrahimovic elbowing Mings moments after that horrendous stamp brushed past his ear, he was lucky not to get a red card for that incident too".
At the same time, the FA announced on Monday that Mings would also be charged for his offence and is facing a potentially lengthier ban, as its statement read: "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".
Both players have until 6pm tomorrow to appeal the charge. I knew what sort of battle I was going to be in for coming here.
"I am not here to attack anybody".
That prompted Bournemouth's Andrew Surman to push United's 35-year-old striker over, earning him a second caution of the afternoon, though referee Friend did not brandish a card at either Ibrahimovic or Mings.
Friend did not book either player at the time as tempers flared at the end of the first half, enabling the FA to take retrospective action.
Earlier in the game Mings' studs connected with Ibrahimovic's head. Hard and fair is how I like to tackle but off the ball stuff like that isn't in my game.
"There was blood everywhere and I remember saying to Bright; Okay, if that's the way you want to play it, then you are having some back".
"I obviously didn't mean it, but if there is reaction there is reaction, everyone will have an opinion that is football".