Conte apologises to referee after sending off against Swansea

Conte apologises to referee after sending off against Swansea

Antonio Conte has apologised to referee Neil Swarbrick after being sent to the stands during Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Swansea.

Conte was dismissed on the stroke of half-time at Stamford Bridge after protesting furiously in a discussion with Swarbrick over a number of contentious decisions.

The Italian felt Swansea were time-wasting when the game was still goalless, but after Chelsea sealed the three points, he expressed his remorse.


“After the game, I think it’s normal, it’s right to apologise for what happened during the game,” said Conte

“During the game, in the first half, I saw that Swansea was 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 officials. I apologise for this. I was frustrated.”

Antonio Rudiger’s first Chelsea goal was sufficient against a struggling Swansea side, with the reigning Premier League champions extending their undefeated streak to six games.

Conte added: “We started this season with many problems. Now we are trying to solve these problems. I think now we are improving.

“We are trying another system of play. And I had the possibility to alternate these two systems. These are good options for me.”

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