Wayne Rooney calls for retrospective ban against Tyrone Mings
Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has called for the FA to take retrospective action on Tyrone Mings after the Bournemouth defender appeared to stamp Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Ibrahimovic appeared fortunate to escape a red card for the first-half incident during Bournemouth’s 1-1 Premier League draw at Old Trafford, after the Swede retaliated by elbowing Mings.
Bournemouth midfielder Andrew Surman was then dismissed for a second yellow card by referee Kevin Friend for pushing Ibrahimovic to the ground in the aftermath.
Rooney has slammed Mings for his role in the melee, telling Sky Sports: ‘The referee didn’t see Tyrone Mings try to stamp on Zlatan’s head, but I was there. It’s wrong, in football that’s wrong.
‘Everyone likes to go in and have tackles, which has gone out of the game in recent years, but to stamp on someone’s head is wrong and there’s no place for it in the game. I’m sure there will be punishment after the game.
‘People will have their own opinions on that but the one I’ve seen… I’ve been on the end of studs to the head and it’s not right, I’m sure it will be looked at and the right punishment will be taken.’
The England skipper said he did not see Ibrahimovic’s subsequent elbow on Mings as he was already preparing to take the ensuing corner, but Mings went in front of the Sky Sports cameras after the draw to provide his side of the events.
The former Ipswich Town full-back categorically denied intentionally stamping on his opponent, saying: ‘No not at all, I would never do that.
‘Hard and fair is how I like to tackle but off the ball stuff like that isn’t in my game.
‘He (Ibrahimovic) is who he is, he’s a good player, he’s a physical player. I knew what sort of battle I was going to be in for coming here. And that’s what we had all day, it was a battle.
‘There was maybe an elbow when the ball came in after, I didn’t see it, I felt it. But what happened after that with Surman getting sent off, I didn’t see it.’
United manager Jose Mourinho, who was pictured emerging from the tunnel in a heated discussion with Mings, refused to blame referee Friend for his failure to see the off-the-ball incident.
The Portuguese told Sky Sports: ‘I don’t want to look at it.
‘The referee was there, he made his decisions, I always defend that the referee is the one that has the decisions.
‘The referee was right with the two important decisions, the two penalties.
‘For me, the referee was good, and if we didn’t win it was because [Artur] Boruc produced an amazing performance, it was because we were not lucky and were not good enough.
‘If you ask me if I’m going to be happy if Tyrone Mings gets three or four or five matches banned, I really don’t care about it, he knows what he did, he knows better than anyone the emotion and intention of the moment.
‘I’m a football man, I’m in football for many years, I don’t like to speak after matches about what happened during matches.
‘I don’t want to speak about it, it’s not important for me. What’s important for me is the result of the game. Once more we deserved to win by far but we didn’t, we lost two points and lost the opportunity to close the gap on those above us.’
United missed a host a chances to extend their 1-0 lead handed to them by Marcos Rojo before a foul by Phil Jones on Benik Afobe allowed former United forward Joshua King to equalise from the spot.
On an eventful afternoon for both Ibrahimovic and Mings, the United striker missed a second-half penalty while the much-maligned Bournemouth man was forced off with concerns over his troublesome knee.
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