Zlatan Ibrahimovic is making the footballing headlines again, but this time for all the wrong reasons.
According to ESPN Ibrahimovic avoided punishment and escaped with an official warning. The incident which took place in last Fridays 3-2 victory for the LA Galaxy over local rivals LAFC.
Never one to shy away from publicity and of course controversy. Zlatan Ibrahimovic marked his self-proclamation as the best player in the MLS by scoring the perfect hattrick lat week. A right-footed goal, a left-footed goal, and a header to boot.
Clearly, a man out to make a statement and back it up with hard evidence only as Zlatan can. The performance was, however, overshadowed by a second-half incident involving LAFC El-Munir.
An incident in the fourth minute of stoppage time in the second half saw an aerial duel between the big Swede and El-Munir. The later receiving an elbow the right side of his face for his troubles. The clash left the defender facing surgery this Friday and at least four weeks out of action according to a source inside LAFC.
A foul was acknowledged by the official but Ibrahimovic went unpunished and LAFC was awarded a free-kick. The incident led to a post-game confrontation between LAFC’s assistant Zak Abdel (video below).
This is not Ibrahimovic’s first disciplinary issue since crossing the Atlantic to ply his trade in the USA. In May he was banned for two games following an incident seeing him grab NYFC goalkeeper Sean Johnson by the throat. Not to mention the verbal threats he dished out to Nedum Onouha of Real Salt Lake.
Due to the fact, VAR is now in place in the MLS and the incident was not deemed a red card offense during the game, the MLS disciplinary committee can not issue a game suspension punishment. The formal warning was supported by a possible suspension if similar incidents occur in the future.