IVANOVIC FREE TO PLAY AT WIGAN

Posted on: Mon 13 Aug 2012

Branislav Ivanovic will not be suspended for the beginning of our Barclays Premier League campaign, despite his red card in the Community Shield on Sunday.

The defender received a straight red card from referee Kevin Friend for a tackle late in the first half at Villa Park yesterday, but the FA disciplinary department does not class the game as a competitive first team fixture, and so the Serbian will be free to play at Wigan next weekend.

The 28-year-old will however be banned for three non-first team games, from August 26 onwards. Additionally, yellow cards picked up by Frank Lampard, John Mikel Obi, Ryan Bertrand, Ramires and Ashley Cole will not count towards their season's tallies.