Wayne Rooney Says Tyrone Mings Should Be Banned By The FA
Posted by Jordan Clarke | Published on March 4, 2017
Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney believes Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings should be punished after his stamp on Zlatan Ibrahimovic during the Cherries’ 1-1 draw at Old Trafford this afternoon.
Mings, who was at the forefront of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s bullish tactics all game, stamped on Ibrahimovic’s head as the Swede was lying on the pitch. The incident was followed up by Ibrahimovic, who seemed to elbow the former Ipswich defender in the side of the head.
Jamie Carragher labelled Mings’ stamp as a ‘disgrace’ if it was intentional, and co-pundit Thierry Henry said he would have done the exact same as Zlatan Ibrahimovic should someone had stood on his head.
Wayne Rooney, who was next to Ibrahimovic when it happened, believes the FA should take action against the 23-year-old, insisting he’s bee on the end of a similar occurrence:
“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.”
Thierry Henry on Tyrone Mings head stamp: "For me, the way he looks at him, he looks like he’s meant it. It looks that way."
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“Everyone likes to go into 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. 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 debate as to whether Tyrone Mings meant the stamp is still wide-open, due to the left-back’s eyes being on the ball. Although, he does take a glance as Zlatan as the forward lays on the ground, before failing to jump over him and in return, stamping on his head. However, Mings has weighed in on the debate, speaking to Sky Sports:
“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.'”