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Zlatan Ibrahimovic suspended two matches for ‘violent conduct’

Video replays show Zlatan seemingly choke goalkeeper Sean Johnson.

The MLS Disciplinary Committee has suspended LA Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimović for two matches.

The star striker’s ban is for “violent conduct” in the 86th minute of the Galaxy’s most recent match against New York City FC on May 11, according to a statement Friday from MLS. Video replays show Ibrahimović grabbed goalkeeper Sean Johnson by the throat in a scuffle.

Ibrahimović, who was also issued an undisclosed fine from the exchange, will miss the Galaxy’s upcoming match on Sunday at home against the Colorado Rapids as well as the following Wednesday at Orlando City SC. 

Ibrahimović is the Galaxy’s leading scorer with nine goals and is in second place in the league’s golden boot race behind LAFC’s Carlos Vela who has 13 goals. 

Here is video of the incident:

In addition, the MLS Disciplinary Committee also announced Friday it took actions against Colorado Rapids forward Diego Rubio, Atlanta United forward Josef Martinez, and Houston Dynamo forward Alberth Elis. 

Rubio was issued an additional game suspension for violent conduct in the 77th minute of the Rapid’s May 3 match against Vancouver Whitecaps, as well as an undisclosed fine.

He was initially given a red card during the match, causing him to miss the team’s May 11 match against Real Salt Lake, but, with his additional game suspension, he will also miss the Rapid’s May 19 match against the LA Galaxy.

Here is video of the incident:

Martinez and Elis were both issued undisclosed fines for simulation/embellishment for their matches on May 15. 




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