Ibrahimovic responds to stamp allegations: If I want to kick someone in the head, I make him fall asleepPublished December 05, 2016
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has insisted he did not intentionally mean to stamp on Seamus Coleman in the 1-1 draw with Everton, saying he would have caused a lot more damage if that had been his intention.
The scorer of a wonderful lob from the edge of the penalty area to put his side ahead just before half-time, the Swede was also one of the villains of the piece after a late kick out at Seamus Coleman that eventually led to the Irishman being substituted.
Reacting to the Everton full-back winning the ball in the corner, the Manchester United star tracked Coleman’s run before bundling him over awkwardly. Sat upright on top of the 28-year-old, Ibrahimovic then sent his foot crashing into the defender’s head.
I assume Ibrahimovic will get a retrospective three match ban for stamping ???not a chance obviously pic.twitter.com/TYoJUoyfZL— Kevin Cummins (@KCMANC) December 4, 2016
Several members of the media were quick to point out the nasty challenge, which appeared entirely voluntary in nature, however, after the match, Ibrahimovic responded by suggesting that the action wasn’t intentional as he’d have caused far more damage if he’d wanted to.
He told MUTV: “It was a physical game. They played hard.
“I heard one of the commentators say I kicked someone in the head on purpose, but it was a 50-50 duel and he pulled me down.
“Trust me, if I want to kick someone in the head, I know how to kick someone in the head and make him fall asleep. That is the only thing I have to say.”
As no action was taken by referee Michael Oliver, it is possible that retrospective action could be taken by Premier League officials, with a three-game ban the minimum punishment given for such an offence.
On the pitch, Leighton Baines’ late equaliser denied Ibrahimovic and Co a crucial away victory.
Man Utd above the law at Everton. Rojo off the floor in a two-footed challenge and Ibrahimovic kicks Coleman in the head.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) December 4, 2016