Conte lands FA charge for dismissal

Antonio Conte Chelsea

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has copped a misconduct charge from the Football Association after being sent to the stands in the 1-0 win over Swansea on Wednesday.

The Italian was dismissed by referee Neil Swarbrick for voicing his frustration to the fourth official at time wasting from the Swans just before half-time at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues were still deadlocked at 0-0 at the time, although they eventually took the lead through Antonio Rudiger 10 minutes into the second half.

Conte apologised for his behaviour after the match, but that did not spare him from being charged by the FA.

“I saw that the opponent was wasting time and that is the reason I spoke a few times with the fourth official,” he said.

“I didn’t see that the situation hadn’t changed and I was frustrated with the fourth official.

“For this reason, I have to apologise to him and the referee. In that moment, I was angry but I know that is it right to apologise to them.”