English Premiership

Ivanovic appeals charge

2012-04-11 22:00
Branislav Ivanovic (File)
London - Chelsea announced that defender Branislav Ivanovic has appealed against a charge of violent conduct after apparently punching an opponent during a Premier League match.

The attack on Wigan forward Shaun Maloney, which happened late in Chelsea's 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, wasn't seen by match officials but was caught on video.

A Football Association regulatory commission will assess the video evidence and written submissions on Thursday.

If Ivanovic is found guilty, he faces a three-match ban - starting with Chelsea's FA Cup semi-final match against Tottenham on Sunday.

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