Branislav Ivanovic Will Be Available For Chelsea's League Opener
Goal.com reported that due to a change in the rules made 2 years earlier, cards picked up in pre-season will not be carried over into the start of the new campaign. While the community shield is an FA-sanctioned match, it is still very much a pre-season fixture. Hence, Ivanovic is available for Chelsea’s first match of the 2012/13 season. Furthermore, any yellow cards received by players during the match will not be counted in their season tally.
This news is positive in more ways than one. Not only does it mean that a makeshift RB won’t be playing the season opener, but it also means that we won’t have to rush to purchase a new RB. Picture this: If Ivanovic were suspended, it would have meant that a deal for a new RB would have to be finalized by Friday or Saturday. This would put Chelsea at a massive disadvantage during negotiations, as other clubs would know that Chelsea are in desperate need of the player & they may very well over-charge us. Chelsea would probably pay up, as they would have no choice due to the transfer period coming to an end soon. However, with Branna available for selection, we can continue negotiations for a new RB & ensure that we don’t over-pay, especially with Big Brother (i.e. UEFA armed with their FFP rules) watching.