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Dublin: 2°C Saturday 23 January 2021

Bournemouth defender lambasted for 'cowardly' stamp on Ibrahimovic

Both Tyrone Mings and the Swedish superstar were fortunate not to receive red cards today.

Tyrone Mings (file pic).
Tyrone Mings (file pic).
Image: Martin Rickett

TODAY’S PREMIER LEAGUE match between Man United and Bournemouth has been a heated affair and it took a particularly nasty turn just before half-time.

Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings appeared to deliberately stamp on a prone Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and the Swede then retaliated moments later, by elbowing his opponent as the two went for a header.

Despite spending plenty of time talking to Ibrahimovic, the referee seemingly didn’t see either incident and consequently, both players were spared a red card, with the United star already on a booking for a previous incident.

However, Andrew Surman, who was already on a booking, received a second yellow card seemingly for pushing Ibrahimovic in the subsequent dispute.

Manchester United v AFC Bournemouth - Premier League - Old Trafford Source: Richard Sellers

Sky pundit Gary Neville criticised the Mings stamp as “cowardly,” adding that the Ibrahimovic reaction “wasn’t much better”.

Both players are likely to face retrospective punishment for their actions.

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