Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings have been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association. The pair clashed during the 1-1 draw between their sides on Saturday when Mings, 23, landed on the United forward’s head with his studs. Moments later, Ibrahimovic caught Mings in the face with his elbow at a corner. Both players have until 7 pm Nigerian time on Tuesday (today) to reply to the charge. “The players were involved in two separate incidents in or around the 44th minute which were not seen by the match officials at the time but caught on video,” said an FA statement.
Bayer Leverkusen have named Tayfun Korkut as their head coach until the end of the season, after sacking Roger Schmidt. Schmidt lost his job after four defeats in six Bundesliga games, ending with a 6-2 loss to Borussia Dortmund. Ex-Hannover boss Korkut, 42, was named Kaiserslautern boss last summer but resigned after only six months. Leverkusen are 10th in the league and trail Atletico Madrid 4-2 in their Champions League last-16 tie.
Greek side Olympiakos have dismissed former Portugal coach Paulo Bento, despite leading the Superleague by seven points. Bento’s sacking after seven months in the job, came after Olympiakos’ third straight league defeat on Sunday opened the door for second-placed Panionios, who have a game in hand. The 47-year-old was Olympiakos’ second manager this season. Victor Sanchez was sacked in August after two games and less than two months in charge, following the club’s exit from the Champions League in the third qualifying round. Bento, who led his country at the 2014 World Cup, lost four out of 23 league matches. But winning the league is what is expected at Olympiakos – they have been champions in all but two seasons since 2000. Bento leaves a team still in the hunt for three trophies. They have a last-16 tie against Turkish side Besiktas in the Europa League and are also in the Greek Cup semi-finals.
Africa Cup of Nations-winning Cameroon defender Nicolas Nkoulou is taking a break from international football. The 26-year-old scored in the Nations Cup final with a powerful header, helping his side to beat Egypt 2-1. Nkoulou has made 74 appearances for the Indomitable Lions and is a former captain of the team. “After winning the Africa Cup of Nations, I have a sense of having accomplished my duty for country,” he told the Foot Mercato website. “Since the beginning of my career, defending the colours of my country has always guided my steps. This mission has always constituted a motivating factor and one of my priorities. “This decision has been difficult to take and I considered the advantages and disadvantages before arriving at a conclusion.” However, he hinted he would return to the national team, adding: “A lion never dies.”