December 6, 2017

Conte Fined After Sending Off  (Sky Sports)

Antonio ConteChelsea head coach Antonio Conte has been fined £8,000 after admitting an FA misconduct charge following his sending off against Swansea.

The Italian was sent to the stands by referee Neil Swarbrick towards the end of the first half of Chelsea's 1-0 victory after furiously protesting the award of a Swansea goal-kick.

Conte apologised to Swarbrick and fourth official Lee Mason after the game.

He later admitted he would accept the charge and pay the fine.

While accepting the decision, Conte said he believed Swarbrick must learn from the incident too.

"I also want the referee to learn something," Conte said last week. "For me, Swansea was wasting time.

"In this case, the referee has to try to protect the team that want to win, want to play football.

"I was angry because despite twice I said to the fourth official 'look, because they are wasting a lot of time'. I shout this. I accept the decision of the referee."

Conte, though, insisted he will not be changing his animated touchline behaviour.

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