Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings has been slapped with a five game ban for catching Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s head with his boot in their 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Saturday.
The Cherries defender has been given a suspension two games longer than that handed to the United striker, who admitted to a charge of violent conduct against Mings, having elbowed the former Ipswich man moments after the first incident.
Starting with Saturday’s visit of West Ham Mings will miss key Premier League fixtures as Eddie Howe looks to maintain their top flight status, including clashes with Southampton, Chelsea and Liverpool.
Whilst Bournemouth have reacted angrily to the ban, claiming that there is no grounds for punishment as there is no way of proving that their man’s actions were intentional, Red Devils fans have taken some joy from the announcement.
A few fans have claimed that The FA have not been strong enough with their ban:
— WillyWash (@andycorneys) March 8, 2017
Just imagine the outrage if Ibra had stamped Mings! He'd be banned for 9 months!! #MUFC
— Nelson (@AzumaNelson) March 8, 2017
— David Olver (@olver21) March 8, 2017
— StandUpComedyLegends (@SUCLs) March 8, 2017
Whilst other fans have simply poked fun…
Haha five match ban for your ass mings
— JT (@RycoLDN) March 8, 2017
Haha Tyrone Mings
— Gareth Powell (@gazalaar) March 8, 2017
And finally, one fan is glad that the Cherries man has been punished for the potential damage that could have been done…
— Sean Parry (@SeanMParry) March 8, 2017