Chelsea boss accepts FA charge, but will not change ways

Date published: Friday 1st December 2017 2:45

Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte intends to accept a Football Association charge of misconduct following his dismissal against Swansea on Wednesday.

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.

He later apologised to Swarbrick and fourth official Lee Mason but was charged on Thursday.

He has until 6pm on Tuesday to respond but does not plan to contest the charge and will accept the punishment, which is anticipated to be a fine.

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Newcastle, Conte said: “I think it’s right to accept and to pay the fine.

“I want to respect this decision and also to pay this fine.”

While accepting the decision, Conte believes Swarbrick must learn from it too.

Conte added: “I also want the referee to learn something about his. 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, insists he will not be changing his animated touchline behaviour.

“For what? For this? No,” he said.

In future, Conte will, rather than speaking to the fourth official, instruct his players to voice their displeasure at time-wasting to the referee.


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