Lewis Grabban joins Sunderland on season-long loan
Bournemouth striker Lewis Grabban has joined Sky Bet Championship side Sunderland on a season-long loan deal.
Grabban, who has scored 36 goals during two spells at the Vitality Stadium, has decided to drop down to the Championship to join a side relegated from the Premier League last season.
The 29-year-old has also played for Norwich, Crystal Palace, Millwall, Brentford and Rotherham.
After helping the Cherries achieve promotion to the Championship he moved to Norwich in 2014 before returning to Bournemouth 18 months ago.
He was on loan at Reading last season where he scored three goals in 15 appearances, including playing in the play-off final where the Royals lost on penalties to Huddersfield.
Tyrone Mings gets 5 match ban!
AFC Bournemouth’s Tyrone Mings will serve a five-match ban with immediate effect, following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today at the FA.
Following the charge listed to them both Mings and AFC Bournemouth contested the charges today.
The FA said in their statement:
"The defender was charged with violent conduct in relation to an incident in or around the 44th minute of the game against Manchester United on Saturday [4 March 2017] which was not seen by the match officials at the time but caught on video. Furthermore, The FA claimed that the standard punishment of three matches which would otherwise apply for the misconduct committed would be ‘clearly insufficient’. The player denied both the charge and the claim, however, both matters were found proven and a two-match suspension was added by the Commission to the standard sanction for violent conduct."
A statement from Bournemouth read:
"Bournemouth are extremely disappointed with the FA Regulatory Commission's decision to find Tyrone Mings guilty of the charges against him and impose a five-game suspension, following Saturday's incident at Old Trafford involving Zlatan Ibrahimovic. We will study the detailed reasons of the commission once they become available, but find it extraordinary that the charges can be described as 'proven' when there is absolutely no evidence to prove the incident was intentional.
It is our strongly held belief - backed up by our relationship with the player, and knowledge of his background and character - that it was an accidental collision. Tyrone twice apologised to Ibrahimovic during the match for the accidental collision and also reiterated that there was no intent straight after the final whistle in a series of television interviews.
We fully support our player. Tyrone has an excellent disciplinary record and has not been sent off in 75 matches as a professional. During that time he has only received 13 yellow cards - the last of which came in April 2015."
Bournemouth will be without Mings until Tottenham on April 15.
Zlatan and Ming's both charged by the FA!
Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Tyrone Mings have both been charged with alleged violent conduct following the Manchester United versus AFC Bournemouth game on Saturday. Both players have until 6pm on Tuesday 7 March 2017 to reply to their charge.
The FA has also "submitted a claim that the standard punishment that would otherwise apply for the misconduct committed by the Bournemouth defender is ‘clearly insufficient’", which would indicate that a longer ban would be on the cards for Tyrone Ming's if found guilty.
What's interesting is that everyone is in agreement that the retaliatory elbow on Ming's is clearly intentional. There is debate over whether Ming's intentionally stamped on Zlatan's head during the game. In a number of clips that seem to be circulating under the intense media pressure over these incidents it is seen that half of you (and I'm included) cannot see any body language to show intent. Initially as Zlatan crumbles to the floor over Rooney, Ming's can be clearly seen looking at the ball and running towards it. On the floor in front of him is Rooney and Zlatan. As he looks to be trying to clear both of them he is still clearly looking at the ball and over stretching, which I think he is making an attempt to avoid contact.
What follows is a matter of conjecture and clearly dividing the media and the fans, with the majority of United fans calling for justice, whilst ignoring Zlatan's blatant elbow that follows.
The only person who knows is Tyrone Ming's, and if he says he didn't mean it, I don't think there is sufficient evidence to say he did it intentionally and thus cannot be charged.
If he did, then its one of the most shocking challenges I have seen and nothing short of a life ban would suffice in my book. There is no place for that in modern football and it sends a terrible message and example to kids up and down the country.
It will be interesting to see what the responses are by Tuesday, whether both clubs accept the charge and await their punishment or if Ming's will actually defend his actions. He has to, and doing so will suffer the wrath of the FA if he is subsequently still found guilty and a lengthy ban awaits.
United have no choice but to accept the charge on Zlatan and the fact that he is stating Ming's head-butted his elbow just adds a further twist for the media's pleasure.
In another twist, Rooney says he had full view of the stamp in condemning it and supporting his team mate - sorry Wayne your looking the other way!