Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been punished for his behavior for the first time since arriving in MLS.
Major League Soccer’s Disciplinary Committee has suspended Ibrahimovic two matches for actions in last weekend’s loss to NYCFC.
Ibrahimovic was bumped into by NYCFC goalkeeper Sean Johnson in the 87th minute last weekend and retaliated by grabbing the keeper by the throat, leading to an incident where both players fell to the ground.
Both players were given yellow cards in the match while NYCFC walked away 2-0 winners.
According to the reports, Ibrahimovic will miss Sunday’s home date with the winless Colorado Rapids and next weekend’s road match at Orlando City. He has scored nine goals in 10 league appearances this season after coming back from an early-season injury.
Last weekend’s altercation with Johnson was the latest by Ibrahimovic this season. He made headlines after an incident of trash talking with Real Salt Lake defender Nedum Onuoha back in April.
Ibrahimovic entered the RSL locker room after that match to speak to Onuoha, who refused to speak to Ibrahimovic and ripped him in multiple post-match interviews.
The Galaxy are currently third in the Western Conference with 22 points through 12 matches. They have lost three-consecutive matches, being outscored 8-3 over that span.