In the aftermath of El Trafico, an overlooked sequence had the potential to spiral into controversy when it emerged Zlatan Ibrahimovic had placed his hand on the face of LAFC attacker Lee Nyugen during a scuffle.
Clearly unhappy with what transpired, Nyugen took to social media to vent his frustration. (My that’s quite a ratio)
Not too sure about the rules @MLS but I guess slapping other players is ok these days #mls #LAvLAFC https://t.co/exIzahgKBV— Lee Nguyen (@LeeNguyen24) August 25, 2018
In the end however Zlatan was let off with a warning, as the Swedish superstar was merely fined by the league.
LA Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been fined an undisclosed amount for violating the league’s policy regarding hands to the face, head or neck of an opponent. The incident took place during the 18th minute of the Galaxy’s game against LAFC on Aug. 24.
Considering Kemar Lawrence and Michael Boxall were guilty of similar offenses over the weekend, the decision not to suspend Ibra was the correct one. That being said, the big man must exercise more caution in the future.