MLS has fined Zlatan Ibrahimovic over a “slap” on Lee Nguyen in the Los Angeles derby, the league confirmed, but the LA Galaxy striker avoided a suspension after clashing with Nguyen during Friday’s 1-1 draw.
Ibrahimovic scored the opening goal for Galaxy, but Los Angeles FC hit back thanks to a Carlos Vela penalty.
The former Sweden international, though, drew criticism for his role in a row with Nguyen during the game.
“Not too sure about the rules @MLS but I guess slapping other players is ok these days,” Nguyen wrote on Twitter.
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
And MLS has now confirmed that 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 36-year-old, who has scored 16 MLS goals since joining from Manchester United, was sent off in May after slapping Montreal Impact player Michael Petrasso.
Ibrahimovic is free to take on Real Salt Lake in the Galaxy’s next game Saturday, with his team seeking to end a five-match winless streak.