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Zlatan Ibrahimovic suspended two games for violent conduct

Not good.

MLS: New York City FC at LA Galaxy Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Just in time for the Friday Afternoon News Dump.

LA Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been suspended two matches by the league disciplinary committee for a contentious incident during the dying embers of the May 12th loss to NYCFC. As a result the big Swede will miss Sunday’s important matchup vs. the Rapids and next weekend’s cross-country tilt at Orlando City.

During the 87th minute, Ibra was bumped from behind by Sean Johnson and responded by grabbing the neck of the goalkeeper, who reacted as if he’d been shot as the two crumpled to the turf. There still hasn’t been word on whether Johnson will escape punishment or not.

The difficulty of LA’s schedule ramps up considerably after the next four matches and the Galaxy need points, conversely Zlatan was looking fatigued recently and the rest could do him some good.

For the squad, this is an opportunity to step up in his absence. If LA thrive without the 37-year old in the lineup, a laser-focused Zlatan will be raring to get back in and prove his worth.