Ibrahimovic facing retrospective ban for Coleman kick

The Manchester United striker appeared to kick his Everton opponent in the face during their Premier League match on Sunday, though the incident was not noticed at the time.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 04: Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United tangles with Seamus Coleman of Everton as they battle for the ball during the Premier League match between Everton and Manchester United at Goodison Park on December 4, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is expected to face a retrospective ban for appearing to kick Everton defender Seamus Coleman in the face.

The incident was not noticed by any of the officials at the time, meaning that the Manchester United striker could face action after full-time that would rule him out of upcoming Premier League fixtures.

The Swede had earlier given Jose Mourinho’s side the lead in their Premier League encounter at Goodison Park, his lobbed finish just before half-time being confirmed by goal-line technology.

Ibrahimovic has already been shown five yellow cards in his 20 games so far for the Red Devils since joining from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer.

Less than 15 minutes after their collision, Coleman had to be substituted as he was still left struggling.

Earlier in the game, Marcos Rojo had been similarly lucky to get away without serious punishment for what Gary Neville called a “shocking” tackle on Idrissa Gueye.

While fans had been aghast at Rojo and Ibrahimovic, the Swede’s scoring touch drew much adulation as supporters hailed his 12th United goal.

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