Branislav Ivanovic losses appeal

Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic will serve a three-match ban after seeing his appeal at the FA’s verdict of violent conduct rejected.

The Serbia international was caught on television footage punching Shaun Maloney in the Stamford Bridge club’s clash with Wigan last weekend, which was missed by officials.

Despite Ivanovic’s pleas of appeal, he will now be unavailable for the side’s next three domestic fixtures.

“Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic’s appeal against an FA charge for violent conduct has been dismissed,” an official statement from the FA reads.

“The incident, which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video, occurred during his side’s game against Wigan at Stamford Bridge on Saturday 7 April 2012.

“A Regulatory Commission heard the claim today and Ivanovic’s three match suspension will commence with immediate effect,” it stated.

Ivanovic will not be available for selection in Chelsea’s FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham on Sunday, or Premier League fixtures against Arsenal and QPR.

By Gareth McKnight