Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has been sent off during their encounter with Swansea City last week in the Premier League, and now the Italian has been fined £8,000 as well
The manager has said it is “right” to accept the misconduct charge after a lengthy argument with fourth official Lee Mason at the weekend, GOAL understands. Chelsea hosted Paul Clement’s side and managed to win, but the ending wasn’t all happy for their head coach.
Conte was told to leave the dugout by match official Neil Swarbrick, following a heated discussion between the Italian coach and fourth official Lee Mason. The Blues manager had enough of what he perceived as time-wasting by the struggling Swansea City. Their fixture on Stamford Bridge ended 1-0, thanks to Antonio Rudiger, who headed the decisive goal.
The Chelsea boss apologised immediately after the game, claiming he was expecting a fine and he deserved it. Conte said from now on, he will leave complaining in the hands of his players.
“I think it’s right to accept [the misconduct charge] and to pay the fine. As I said after the game, if the referee took this decision I have to respect it. I want to respect his decision and pay the fine,” Conte told a press conference ahead of the weekend win over Newcastle United.
“They were wasting time and I think the referee has to protect the team that wants to win and play football. I was angry because, despite it happening twice, I said to the fourth official ‘look, they are wasting time’,” he added.
“In the future I will tell my players on the pitch to try to tell the referee. I’ll try to avoid suggesting things to the fourth official,” the Italian manager concluded.
Chelsea fans will know if their beloved tactician has learnt from his mistakes or not on Saturday, when the Blues travel to West Ham.