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Ivanovic refrains from complaining to police about Suarez

Luis Suarez (right) and Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic (left) on the ground Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

Chelsea player Branislav Ivanovic has told police he does not wish to make a complaint about yesterday's biting incident involving Liverpool's Luis Suarez.

Merseyside Police said in a statement: "Following an incident at the Liverpool v Chelsea game yesterday officers have spoken to Branislav Ivanovic in person.

"He had no apparent physical injuries and did not wish to make a complaint."

The announcement came as Liverpool said Suarez, the team's controversial Uruguayan striker, had been fined by the club, but would not be sold.

Managing director Ian Ayre told liverpoolfc.com: "It affects his future in the sense that we have to work with him on his discipline - but Luis is a very important player to the club.

"As we keep saying, he signed a new four-year contract last summer and we'd all love to see him here throughout that contract.

"He's a fantastic player, top scorer and everything we'd want in a striker, so there's no change there.

"This is more about getting him back on the right track and it's largely down to (manager) Brendan (Rodgers) now to work with him on that side of his character."

The Football Association is reviewing the incident and Suarez is likely to be charged later today and could face a lengthy ban.

Suarez apologised to Ivanovic in a phone call last night and this morning revealed he had been fined by the club.

"For my unacceptable behaviour yesterday the club has fined me today," the 26-year-old wrote on Twitter.

"I have asked the club to donate the money to the Hillsborough Family Support Group for the inconvenience I have created to the Liverpool fans and to Ivanovic."

Suarez will be offered anger management counselling by the Professional Footballers' Association.

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