Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has accepted a charge of violent conduct and will serve a three-match ban with immediate effect, the Football Association has announced.
The Swedish forward appeared to catch Bournemouth’s Tyrone Mings with a flying elbow after Mings had earlier appeared to stamp on the United frontman during Saturday’s 1-1 draw.
Ibrahimovic, along with Mings were both charged with violent conduct by the FA and had until 6pm today to responds to the charges.
The misconduct was not seen by the match officials at the time but caught on video.
United’s leading scorer will now miss the FA Cup clash at Chelsea and the Premier League games with Middlesbrough (a), West Brom (h).
A three-match punishment would rule Mings out of Bournemouth’s fixtures with West Ham, Swansea and Southampton, but a ban of greater length would see him possibly sidelined when his team face Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham.
In announcing the charges, the FA argued that the standard three-match ban Mings would serve was “clearly insufficient”, and PA Sport understands Bournemouth intend to challenge the suggestion of an increased suspension.