Chelsea’s Serbian defender Branislav Ivanovic has been charged by the Football Association with violent conduct for the incident which took place during Chelsea’s 2-1 win at home against Wigan Athletic.
The 28-year old was caught on camera punching Wigan’s Shaun Maloney shortly before Chelsea’s Juan Mata struck the winning goal in injury-time. The incident went unnoticed during the match as it occurred behind referee’s back.
The incident though was taken into consideration at football’s governing body FA, and they have decided to charge Ivanovic with violent conduct.
A statement on the FA’s official website read: “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 Athl...