Saturday 21 September 2019

Antonio Conte makes apology after he is sent off in Chelsea's win against Swansea

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte lost his cool with referee Neil Swarbrick
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte lost his cool with referee Neil Swarbrick
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte could face a Football Association misconduct charge after he was sent to the stands by referee Neil Swarbrick mid-way through his side's 1-0 win against Swansea at Stamford Bridge.

Conte's frustrations boiled over as his side struggled to break down one of the Premier League's relegation battlers, with the energetic Italian losing his cool when confronted by the referee.

The Chelsea manager was furious after believing his men should have been awarded a corner, with his feisty protests to the fourth official inspiring the match referee to intervene.

When Conte refused to cool down, Swarbrick had no option other than to order the Chelsea boss from his position on the bench for the second half.

"I have apologised because I did the wrong thing," declared Conte. "I have been in to see them after the game. It’s right to speak and apologise with them.

"The problem is I was frustrated because the opponents were wasting time. I tried to tell this to the fourth official not only once but a few times.

Conte spent the second half of the game in the stands
Conte spent the second half of the game in the stands

"I don’t know if it was fair (to be sent off) but we have to respect this decision. Sometimes there is a lot of frustration like in this case but sometime you can make a mistake and I did this."

Conte watched the second half from the dressing room as Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich saw Antonio Rudiger's goal prove decisive.

Abramovich may heed Conte's calls to strengthen the Chelsea squad in the winter transfer window after the Blues struggled to kill off their poor visitors.

The Blues' only dropped points in their last six league games came at Liverpool last Saturday, while Swansea suffered a 10th loss of the season.

All eyes will now be on the FA when they decide whether they punish Conte, with Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho among those handed touchline bans for similar indiscretions in recent years.

Chelsea: Courtois 6, Rudiger 7, Christensen 6, Cahill 6, Zappacosta 7, Fabregas 6, Kante 7, Alonso 7, Willian 6, Morata 6, Pedro 6.

Substitutes: Moses (for Zappacosta, 74) 6, Hazard (for Pedro, 81) 6, Drinkwater (for Willian, 81) 6.

Swansea: Fabianski 8, Naughton 7, van der Hoorn 6, Mawson 6, Olsson 6, Mesa 6, Ki 7, Carroll 6, Sanchez 3, Ayew 6, Bony 6.

Substitutes: Fer (For Sanchez, 46) 6, McBurnie (for Mesa, 64) 6, Routledge ( for Ayew, 84) 6

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