Friday 17 November 2017

Jose Mourinho laughs off headbutt claims after Branislav Ivanovic appears to use head on James McCarthy

Players clash after a challenge which led to the sending off of Everton's English midfielder Gareth Barry.
Players clash after a challenge which led to the sending off of Everton's English midfielder Gareth Barry.
Chelsea's Serbian defender Branislav Ivanovic clashes with Everton's James McCarthy at Stamford Bridge. McCarthy earned a yellow card for the incident.
Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

Everton's Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy was on the receiving end of an apparent headbutt from Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic tonight.

The Blues maintained their lead at the top of the Premier League with a last-minute winner from Willian, but Jose Mourinho's side could face disciplinary action once more after the Serbian became embroiled with the Everton player.

The flashpoint occurred after Nemanja Matic thought he had scored four minutes from time, only for the deflected strike to be ruled out for offside against Ivanovic, who had blocked the view of Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard.

Tempers flared when Gareth Barry then tripped Willian, earning a second yellow card, and Ivanovic motioned his head towards McCarthy in the resulting fracas.

Chelsea's Serbian defender Branislav Ivanovic clashes with Everton's James McCarthy at Stamford Bridge. McCarthy earned a yellow card for the incident.
Chelsea's Serbian defender Branislav Ivanovic clashes with Everton's James McCarthy at Stamford Bridge. McCarthy earned a yellow card for the incident.

The Everton substitute was booked for his part in the melee, but Ivanovic avoided censure from referee Jonathan Moss and could face retrospective action from the Football Association.

Jose Mourinho was not amused at the suggestion post-match that his player had used his head against McCarthy.

Mourinho told BT Sport: "Did Branislav Ivanovic go in with his head? Don't make me laugh. Don't make me laugh."

Watch a video of the incident below:

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