Ivanovic will not press charges against Suarez, Merseyside Police confirm

The Serbian stopper, who suffered “no apparent physical injuries”, was interviewed by police on Sunday evening but does not want to take the matter through legal channels

Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic will not press charges against Luis Suarez despite being bitten by the Liverpool striker on Sunday afternoon.

Suarez has publically apologised and been fined by the Reds for his “inexcusable behaviour”, while any potential punishment from the Football Association is still pending.

But Ivanovic, who was interviewed by officers on Sunday evening following complaints from the public, does not wish to take the matter through legal channels.

“Merseyside Police can confirm that following an incident at the Liverpool v Chelsea game yesterday (Sunday, 21 April 2013) officers have spoken to Branislav Ivanovic in person,” the force said in a statement. “He had no apparent physical injuries and did not wish to make a complaint. 

“This is now a matter for the Football Association.”

Liverpool have fined Suarez an unspecified amount for his actions, while the Professional Footballers’ Association has offered him anger management counselling.

And despite calls from many pundits that the Reds should sell their striker, managing director Ian Ayre has stated that the issue has no bearing on Suarez’s Anfield future.

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