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Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic has failed in his appeal against a violent conduct charge

Updated: Thursday, 12 Apr 2012 17:15

Branislav Ivanovic is out of Sunday's FA Cup semi-final
Branislav Ivanovic is out of Sunday's FA Cup semi-final

Chelsea's Champions League qualification hopes took a blow today after defender Branislav Ivanovic was found guilty of violent conduct and handed a three-match ban.

The right-back was charged by the Football Association on Tuesday after being caught on video striking Wigan's Shaun Maloney in the midriff during the Blues' 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge.

Ivanovic contested the charge, but the FA's panel deemed he was guilty at a hearing today and will now miss the club's next three games - including Sunday's FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham.

Ivanovic will miss Sunday's London derby at Wembley and the club's next two league games - Arsenal away on April 21, and their home game against QPR eight days later.

He will be available for Wednesday's Champions League semi-final clash against Barcelona as the ban covers domestic games only.

The FA Regulatory Commission who made the decision decided against extending the defender's ban to four games.

The Serb admitted there had been contact with Maloney, but denied that it had been "violent" in any way.

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