Zlatan Ibrahimovic Gets 1st MLS Red Card After Slapping Michael Petrasso

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistMay 21, 2018

FRISCO, TEXAS - MAY 12: Zlatan Ibrahimovic of LA Galaxy reacts during the Major Soccer League match between Dallas FC and LA Galaxy at Toyota Stadium on May 12, 2018 in Frisco, Texas.  (Photo by Omar Vega/Getty Images)
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic rarely does things by halves, and he received his first Major League Soccer red card on Monday for slapping Montreal Impact's Michael Petrasso on the back of his head. 

The Los Angeles Galaxy forward was reacting to Petrasso stepping on his foot, but it was a petulant overreaction given it looked purely accidental on the winger's part.

Per MLS, after consultation with the video referee, the former Sweden international was given his marching orders four minutes before half-time at the Saputo Stadium:

Ibrahimovic made a big splash when he arrived in MLS, netting two goals in a 4-3 comeback victory for the Galaxy against Los Angeles FC in his debut.

Since that introduction, though, he has scored just once more in seven appearances, and his antics on Monday are unlikely to have impressed his team-mates, coaches and fans. 

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