Conte Escapes Touchline Ban After Accepting FA Charge

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has escaped a touchline ban for being sent off during Wednesday evening’s Premier League match against Swansea but has accepted an FA charge for misconduct

Referee Neil Swarbrick sent Conte to the stands in the 43rd minute of the game after the manager took his frustrations out on fourth official Lee Mason, complaining aggressively when he felt his side should have been awarded a corner.

Conte was charged with misconduct by the FA and had until the deadline of 6pm on Tuesday 5th December to respond.

However, Conte does not plan to contest the charge and will accept the punishment, which is anticipated to be an £8,000 fine, a standard charge because he is not considered a repeat offender.

The Italian was forced to watch the remainder of the game on a dressing-room TV, but apologised for his behaviour after the match at Stamford Bridge.

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Newcastle which kicks-off at 12.30, Conte said: “I think it is right to accept and to pay the fine. As I said after the game and you know very well what happened.

“If the referee took this decision I have to respect and will respect the decision and pay the fine.

“The referee has to learn something as well, as Swansea were wasting time and the referee has to protect the team that wants to play football.

“I said twice that they were trying to waste time, but I shouted this.I accept the decision.

“I hope in the future that I will tell to my players to go on the pitch and tell this to the referee. I try to avoid to suggest this to the fourth official.

“I go to my players to push them to go to the referee.”