Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic will miss this weekend's FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley, after his appeal against a Football Association charge of violent conduct was dismissed.
The Serbian will serve a three-game ban for an incident with Wigan Athletic's Shaun Maloney, in which he struck the winger off the ball at Stamford Bridge.
Following his absence this weekend, Ivanovic will miss the matches against Queens Park Rangers and Arsenal, but will be available for the Champions League semi-final first-leg against Barcelona this coming Wednesday.
"Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic’s appeal against an FA charge for violent conduct has been dismissed," an FA statement read.
"The incident, which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video, occurred during his side’s game against Wigan at Stamford Bridge on Saturday 7 April 2012.
"A Regulatory Commission heard the claim today and Ivanovic’s three match suspension will commence with immediate effect."
In order to have Ivanovic available for the weekend's semi-final against Spurs, the Blues had appealed the charge, submitting video and written evidence in order to clear the defender's name.
"Chelsea Football Club is disappointed the FA Regulatory Commission today (Thursday) found Branislav Ivanovic guilty of violent conduct in Saturday's Premier League match against Wigan," a Chelsea statement read.
"Chelsea FC does not believe the incident was violent. We note that the FA did not deem our appeal frivolous and it therefore had merit."
The loss of the 28-year-old adds to Chelsea's growing concerns in defence, with injuries to Ashley Cole (ankle) and John Terry (rib), while either Paulo Ferreira or Jose Bosingwa will be forced to fill in at right-back.
Manager Roberto Di Matteo will have one eye the first-leg of the Champions League semi-final against Barcelona in mid-week as he looks to manage his squad effectively.
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