Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has bagged an English Football Association (FA) misconduct charge for his dismissal during Wednesday night’s 1-0 win over Welsh side Swansea City.
He received his marching orders in the 43rd minute with the Premier League game deadlocked at 0-0 after an altercation with the fourth official and referee Neil Swarbrick.
Conte has until 6pm on December 5 to respond to the FA charge. The Italian tactician will be hit with a £8,000 if he accepts the lowest-level charge.
Speaking after the game on Wednesday, Conte apologised for his actions. He said: “The problem is I was frustrated because the opponents were wasting time.”
“I tried to tell this to the fourth official not only once but a few times.
“But I have apologised because I did the wrong thing.
“I have been in to see them after the game. It’s right to speak and apologise with them.
“I don’t know if it was fair [to be sent off] but we have to respect this decision.
“Sometimes there is a lot of frustration like in this case but sometime you can make a mistake and I did this.” he concluded.