Adding injury to insult… Ivanovic 'punches' Wigan player in build-up to offside Chelsea winner
08:29 GMT, 9 April 2012
Suspicious: Branislav Ivanovic appears to punch Shaun Maloney
Juan Mata's already-controversial winner against Wigan on Saturday has been revealed to be even more of an unfair blow to the Latics survival hopes than it first appeared.
Branislav Ivanovic appears to punch Shaun Maloney in the stomach as Wigan attack, just before Chelsea broke down the field to score the stoppage time goal.
The FA may act on this if referee Mike Jones confirms he did not see the incident and it could result in a three game ban for the defender at a crucial time of the season for Chelsea.
Ivanovic scored earlier in the game with an offside goal, before Mata also struck from an offside position.
The Serbian defender has been one of Chelsea's best players in recent weeks and could miss vital domestic games as the Blues battle to get back into the top four and fight for the FA Cup.
Wigan boss Roberto Martinez was appalled by some of the decisions made and raged after the game: 'The linesman had a disgusting performance in my eyes. They aren’t even difficult decisions. Both goals are clearly offside.'