Chelsea FC manager Antonio Conte was sent to the stands at Stamford Bridge in their 1-0 win over Swansea.
Conte was livid after the referee Neil Swarbrick didn’t rightfully give Chelsea a corner decision. Additionally, he was angry over Swansea apparently time wasting and was screaming at the fourth official just before half-time.
After Conte was sent to the stands, comically, he tried to get away with just sitting behind his players but the ref spotted it several minutes later and told him to get further back into the stands. It was probably the highlight of the match in what was an evidently frustrating game for the Blues until they got their winner from defender Antonio Rudiger late in the second half.
Conte however apologized about the incident after the game.
‘It’s right to apologise for what happened during the game. In the first half, I saw that Swansea were wasting time. I said this a few times to the fourth official.
‘At the same time I didn’t see something change. I was frustrated for this situation. I tried to tell again, but then the referee took this decision.
‘I apologise for this. I was frustrated. For sure I made a mistake. During the game I suffer. With my players I suffer. It’s a pity.’
Chelsea will be happy with the three points and the clean sheet though in what has been a busy week for the Blues.
Conte rested several key players in mind due to the upcoming busy December period with fixture congestion at an all time high. Conte will hope Eden Hazard and Cesar Azpilicueta and Tiemoue Bakayoko will be well rested for the upcoming game against Newcastle.
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