Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho will have to plan for Monday's FA Cup quarter-final against Premier League leaders Chelsea without his most lethal weapon.
The English FA have fired a three-match ban at Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with immediate effect, after he admitted an FA charge of violent conduct and accepted the standard penalty.
The striker clashed twice with Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings in the Premier League draw at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Ibrahimovic was seen on camera elbowing Mings, close to half-time although in a post-match interview he claimed that it was not deliberate.
"In my situation, I jump up, I jump high. At the same time I protect myself and unlucky he jumps into me. Many times this occasion happens."
Mourinho will also be without his top scorer for the upcoming league matches against Middlesbrough and West Brom after which United host Everton on April 4.
The Sweden international will be eligible to face Rostov in the Europa League on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Mings has been charged for the incident before the elbow in which he was seen to land on Ibrahimovic's head with his studs but Bournemouth have stated their intention to appeal.
The players were given until 18:00 today to appeal.
The FA said in their statement released last night;
"The FA has submitted a claim that the standard punishment that would otherwise apply for the misconduct committed by the Bournemouth defender is ‘clearly insufficient’.
"Off the ball incidents which are not seen at the time by the match officials are referred to a panel of three former elite referees.
"Each referee panel member will review the video footage independently of one another to determine whether they consider it a sending-off offence.
"For retrospective action to be taken, and an FA charge to follow, the decision of the panel must be unanimous."