Ibrahimovic will now miss games against Chelsea in the FA Cup quarter-final as well as Premier League matches against Middlesbrough and West Brom.
An official statement from the FA read as follows: “Zlatan Ibrahimovic will serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect after he admitted an FA charge of violent conduct and accepted the standard penalty.
“It follows an incident in or around the 44th minute of the game between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth on Saturday (4 March 2017).
“The misconduct was not seen by the match officials at the time but caught on video.”
Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic to serve suspension after admitting charge of violent conduct: https://t.co/DuaC5wLz2Q
— The FA (@FA) March 7, 2017
Marcus Rashford or Wayne Rooney will likely start up front in Ibrahimovic’s absence and it’s a real test of character for United to cope without him. We’ve been very dependent on his goals and I’m especially excited to see how Rashford gets on in his favoured position.
Ibrahimovic was right to accept the ban but I can’t get my head around how Tyrone Mings is actually appealing against his violent conduct charge after stamping on Ibrahimovic’s head. Good luck convincing the panel that was an accident.