May 18, 2019 / 10:54 AM / 3 months ago

Soccer: Ibrahimovic banned for violent conduct in LA Galaxy victory

May 11, 2019; Carson, CA, USA; LA Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic (9) tangles up with New York City FC goalkeeper Sean Johnson (1) during the second half at StubHub Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

(Reuters) - LA Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was handed a two-game ban for violent conduct after he grabbed New York City goalkeeper Sean Johnson by the neck in their 2-0 MLS win last Saturday.

The pair were involved in an altercation in the 86th minute of the match after Sweden’s Ibrahimovic missed an opportunity to score, with Johnson going to ground holding his neck.

“The disciplinary committee has suspended LA Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic for two games and issued an undisclosed fine for violent conduct in the 86th minute against New York City FC on May 11,” the MLS said in a statement.

Former Manchester United striker Ibrahimovic, who signed a new one-year deal with Galaxy last December, will miss matches against Colorado Rapids on Sunday and Orlando City on May 24.

The 37-year-old was also fined earlier this month for simulation in their 3-1 defeat by Columbus Crew.

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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