If the referee didn’t spot this elbow on Tyrone Mings, Ibrahimovic could be gone for three games or more.
Manchester United’s top four hopes took a hit with a 1-1 draw against Bournemouth on Saturday, but they might be affected for a few more games past that one.
After Tyrone Mings delivered a stomp toward the head of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the United striker responded with an elbow, and the referee apparently didn’t spot it either. Andrew Surman was then sent off for retaliation against Ibrahimovic.
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Given that Ibrahimovic wasn’t even shown a yellow card for this action, it seems likely that referee Kevin Friend and his assistants didn’t spot it. If an elbow isn’t described in Friend’s post-match report, Ibrahimovic could be subject to discipline from the FA. The usual suspension for an incident like this is three games. The same is possible for Mings’ stomp.
Later in the game, the soccer gods offered up a bit of a correction. Ibrahimovic had the opportunity to take a penalty in the second half, but he missed — fitting, given that he shouldn’t have been on the pitch at all.