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Chelsea News: John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic Reduce Suspensions

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 06:  Branislav Ivanovic and John Terry of Chelsea talk to referee Andre Marriner during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on February 6, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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Frank WagnerCorrespondent IAugust 13, 2012

Chelsea apparently received some very good news today in terms of suspended players.

Both John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic had suspensions due to red cards reduced.

In case you forgot, Terry was facing a three-match ban from European competition due to his sending off against Barcelona in Chelsea's incredible semifinal victory. However, according to Chelsea's official website, the Blues' captain had his suspension reduced to just two matches in his appeal to UEFA today.

Terry served the first of those matches in the Blues' Champions League final victory over Bayern Munich and will serve the second during the UEFA Supercup against Europa League champions Atletico Madrid. Hence, Chelsea's captain will now be available for all of Chelsea's Champions League matches this season.

Meanwhile, Chelsea's website also confirmed good news about Branislav Ivanovic. Despite the defender's red card in Sunday's Community Shield, Ivanovic will apparently not face a suspension at the start of the Premier League season and will thus be available for selection this upcoming weekend in the season opener against Wigan.

According to Chelsea's official site, though, the Seribian will "be banned for three non-first team games, from August 26 onwards."

The news is huge for Chelsea's start to the season, as the suspensions threatened to test the club's defensive depth right from the beginning.


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