Chelsea’s Ivanovic Faces Ban After Headlock, Bite And Headbutt On Everton Star

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The defender could face serious trouble.

The biggest talking point from Chelsea’s 1-0 Premier League victory over Everton on Wednesday night was not the result, but Branislav Ivanovic’s apparent attack on James McCarthy.

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In a scuffle on the pitch the Blues defender appeared to grab the Republic of Ireland international in a headlock and attempt to bite and headbutt him.

This comes less than two years after Ivanovic himself was bitten by then Liverpool forward Luis Suarez and the Uruguayan was slapped with a 10-match ban as a result.

Now, according to the Daily Mail, the 30-year-old could himself be on the wrong end of a similar ban as the FA consider retrospective disciplinary action for violent conduct.

Ivanovic would have to sit out three matches should the authority agree with Toffees manager Roberto Martinez – who said the right-back should have seen red.

Martinez’s opposite number Jose Mourinho was less keen to talk about the incident following his side’s win and even walked out of a BBC interview when asked about it.

The three points against the Merseyside outfit ensured that Mourinho’s men maintained their seven point lead over Manchester City at the top of the table.

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