Chelsea defender Ivanovic escapes ban after Community Shield red

Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic will escape suspension after his dismissal in defeat to Manchester City during the Community Shield.

Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic will escape suspension after his dismissal in defeat to Manchester City during the Community Shield.

It was thought Ivanovic would be banned for three matches, starting with Chelsea's opening Barclays Premier League fixture at Wigan next Sunday.

However, it now appears the FA changed their rules after an incident during an Amsterdam Tournament in 2006, when Manchester United pair Paul Scholes and Wayne Rooney were both sent off against Porto and ended up serving three-match bans.

As the rule change covered all non-competitive pre-season fixtures, including the Community Shield, it means Ivanovic will be free to play at the DW Stadium.

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