Ivanovic Escapes Suspension

The Chelsea defender was shown a straight red card for his terrible tackle on Serbian teammate Aleksander Kolorav in the first half of the game. 
It was thought that Ivanovic would face a three match suspension for the offence, however the F.A disclipinary committee has ruled that the game is not considered a 'competitive first team fixture'.

Current F.A rules state that all offences committed in pre-season games will not be carried over into the club's domestic season, however the suspension will still stand for games deemed to be 'non-first team matches'.

The rule change comes after a 2006 pre-season tournament in Amsterdam, which saw Wayne Rooney and Paul Scholes both receive red cards and suspensions that carried into the Premier League season.

It was a fiesty affair between two of the Premier League's heavywights; referee Kevin Friend had his hands full and ended up dishing out 8 yellow cards over the course of the game.  Three excellent second half goals through Yaya Toure, Carlos Tevez and Sami Nasri showed how dynamic Man City can be going forward, however an error by second string keeper Costel Pantilimon put Chelsea back in the game.

Substitute Daniel Sturridge attempted a low driven shot from outside the box and it should have been gathered up comfortably by Pantilimon, but he fumbled the ball and allowed speedster Ryan Bertrand to score with a simple tap in, notching his first goal for Chelsea. The goal resulted in a frantic final 10 minutes of the game, but Man City held on to claim their fourth Community Shield.  

Ivanovic will undoubtedly be grateful for the ruling, especially after the now infamous incident where he was informed that he would miss the Champions League final last year by Sky News reporter Geoff Shreeves.  

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