Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has earned himself a yellow card suspension just 11 matches into the season, and it couldn’t have come at a worse time.
The Swedish attacker was booked in the 76th minute of the 3-1 win over Swansea after toppling Leroy Fer. That’s Ibrahimovic’s fifth yellow card of the season, meaning he will miss the next Premier League match – a home date with Arsenal.
Ibrahimovic apologized to Manchester United fans for seeing himself forced off for such a big match, although he did not do so without adding a teaspoon of shade along with it.
“I am sorry I am suspended for the next game,” Ibrahimovic said after the match. “I wish I wasn’t as it’s a game I really wanted to play in. But I have trust in my team-mates and the team and I know they can do fine also without me.”
That was the extent of Ibrahimovic’s apology, as he made sure to include that he was just playing his usual style. He was clearly frustrated, saying in a postmatch interview, “I thought in England we play rough, no? That’s what I heard. Every time I play rough I get a yellow card.”
“Every time I try to play my game by being strong, and going into the tackles, or whatever it is, I get a yellow card,” Ibrahimovic continued later. “I don’t know what the explanation was [from Sunday’s referee] because I think I was too tired and I didn’t hear him. It is what it is.”
Zlatan will next be available for a home Europa League match against Feyenoord on November 24th, and will return to Premier League action on November 27th agianst West Ham United. Other players suspended for the upcoming Premier League matchweek are Adam Smith, Gareth Barry, Steven Pienaar, Jose Holebas, and Mark Noble.