Three-match ban for Ivanovic
13 April 2012, 14:37
London - Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic will miss Sunday's FA
Cup semi-final against Tottenham and two key matches in the team's
Premier League run-in after his appeal against a charge of violent
conduct was dismissed.
Ivanovic was charged by the Football
Association after video footage spotted him punching Wigan forward Shaun
Maloney in Chelsea's 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Football Association released a statement on Thursday saying "a
regulatory commission heard the claim today and Ivanovic's three-match
suspension will commence with immediate effect."
Ivanovic will miss league games against Arsenal and Queens Park Rangers.
Chelsea are sixth in the standings and in danger of missing out on the Champions League next season.