Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has been fined £8,000 by the Football Associaion after admitting the FA misconduct charge following his dismissal from the touchline during his team’s 1-0 win over Swansea at the end of last month.
Conte was sent to the stands by referee Neil Swarbrick towards the end of the first half in Chelsea’s 1-0 victory after angrily protesting against the award of a Swansea goal-kick and also questioning the time wasting tactic of his opponents.
The Italian tactician, who later revealed he had apologised to Lee Mason and explained the reason for his anger, opted against appealing the charge and will be satisfied after avoiding a touchline ban.
The FA announced,
“Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has been fined £8,000 after he admitted an FA misconduct charge and accepted the standard penalty.
“It follows his sending-off against Swansea City on 29 November.”
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Conte guided Chelsea to the knockout stage of the champions league after drawing with Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.
He will now freely lead Chelsea out of the tunnel to play against West Ham on Saturday as they seek to return to winning ways ahead of a grueling Christmas period.