Ivanovic charged with violent conduct

The FA have charged Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic with violent conduct, after he was caught punching Wigan forward Shaun Maloney in Saturday’s game at Stamford Bridge.

Television footage captured the Serbian full back striking out at the Scottish attacker, which was not picked up by the match officials.

The governing body has confirmed that Ivanovic is set to be punished, and has set the date for appeal.

“Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic has today [Tuesday 10 April 2012] been charged by the FA with violent conduct following an incident in his side’s game against Wigan Athletic,” an official statement reads.

“Ivanovic was involved in an incident with Wigan’s Shaun Maloney, which was not seen by the match officials, but caught on video, during his side’s 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge on Saturday 7 April 2012.

“Ivanovic has until 6pm on 11 April 2012 to respond to the charge,” it concludes.

Typical punishments for offences such as this generally carry a three-match ban, and if this was upheld Ivanovic would miss this weekend’s FA Cup semi-final with Tottenham and London derby fixtures with QPR and Arsenal.

Also, Mirror Football have indicated that Ivanovic has emerged as a transfer target for Real Madrid.

The Serb’s versatility is reportedly an asset that would be appreciated at the Santiago Bernabeu, and Jose Mourinho is a fan of the Chelsea man.

By Gareth McKnight