Chelsea’s Ivanohvic dodges FA ‘bite’ charge

Branislav Ivanovic (L) of Chelsea grapples with Everton's James McCarthy during their English Premier League soccer match at Stamford Bridge, London, February 11, 2015. (Reuters)

Chelsea player Branislav Ivanovic will face no action from the Football Association (FA) after his “bite” altercation with Everton’s James McCarthy during Wednesday’s stormy Premier League encounter, Reuters news agency reported.

Serb Ivanovic will face no action from the FA, said a three-member panel that reviewed the incident.

According to the Daily Mail, some Everton players said that Ivanovic pressed his head into McCarthy and appear to catch his teeth on his shoulder.

Chelsea sources insisted that Ivanovic denied biting McCarthy.

Meanwhile, both Chelsea and Everton have been charged by the FA for “failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative behavior.”

“Both Chelsea and Everton have been charged by the FA for failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative behavior,” the governing body said in a statement on Thursday.

Tempers flared in the 86th minute of Chelsea’s 1-0 victory at Stamford Bridge as players from both teams confronted each other and Chelsea defender Ivanovic went unpunished after grabbing Everton midfielder McCarthy in an unseemly tussle.

Chelsea, who are seven points clear at the top of the table, have been without striker Diego Costa for the last three matches after he was banned for stamping.

Manager Jose Mourinho was also recently fined by the FA for suggesting there was a “campaign” to influence referees’ decisions against his team.
 

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