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FA Cup semi-finals: Ivanonic and Doni ruled out

Chelsea and Liverpool have failed in their attempts to overturn the bans that will rule defender Branislav Ivanovic and goalkeeper Alexander Doni (pictured) out of this weekend's FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley.

Ivanovic will miss the Blues' semi-final against Spurs after his appeal against the FA's violent conduct charge was rejected.

The FA upheld his three-match suspension for striking Wigan's Shaun Maloney during Saturday's Premier League game.

An FA statement read: "Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic’s appeal against an FA charge for violent conduct has been dismissed.

"The incident, which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video, occurred during his side’s game against Wigan at Stamford Bridge on Saturday 7 April 2012. A Regulatory Commission heard the claim today [Thursday] and Ivanovic’s three match suspension will commence with immediate effect."

Jones set to start for Liverpool

Reds' third-choice keeper Brad Jones is likely to start for Liverpool in their Merseyside derby against Everton as the two sides clash for the right to return to Wembley for the final.

Doni was sent off in Liverpool's win against Blackburn on Tuesday, with first choice keeper Pepe Reina missing through suspension, and Jones' first action in the game was to save Yakubu's penalty.

Liverpool appealed on the grounds of wrongful dismissal, but the appeal was rejected by an FA regulatory commission, so his one-match ban stays in place.

Fourth-choice keeper Peter Gulacsi has been recalled by the Reds from his loan spell with Hull City. The Hungarian is likely to be named as a substitute against Everton.

Manager Kenny Dalglish does not have the option of bringing in a keeper on an emergency loan.

Gulacsi was not selected by Hull for either of their two FA Cup games this season, so he is available for this weekend's semi-final.


Both games at Wembley Stadium

Saturday 14th April (kick-off 12:30)

Liverpool 2-1 Everton

Sunday 15th April (kick-off 18:00)

Tottenham vs Chelsea

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