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Thursday, 30 November 2017

Antonio Conte Apologises To Officials After Red Card


Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte has issued an an apology to referee, Neil Swarbrick and fourth official, Lee Mason, following his red card in Chelsea’s win over Swansea.

The Chelsea manager cut a frustrated figure, after he was sent to the stands by Swarbrick approaching halftime.

Conte was quite unhappy, when Chelsea were not handed a corner kick and shouted in the face of Lee Mason. Not the first time on the night.

Conte’s tension simmered post-match and the Premier League-winning boss told reporters: “After the game, I think it’s normal, it’s right to apologise for what happened during the game.

“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 in the first half. I was frustrated for this situation. I tried to tell again, but then the referee took this decision.

“I repeat: 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.

“They are wasting time. I was a bit animated. I said this and I shout this. It was not the first time. I think for this reason the fourth official lost his patience. But I repeat: the fault was mine, not the fourth official’s. I apologise for this. I was frustrated.”

Asked where he watched the remainder of the game, Conte – who was initially positioned above the Chelsea dugout – replied: “In the dressing room. Because we have the tactical camera. For this reason I watched the game very well. But I don’t like.

“I suffered in the same way also in the changing room. To watch the game on the video and then to not have the possibility to communicate with your players. It’s very strange. It’s very tough for me.”

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