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Conte to take fine on the chin as boss is charged over ref outburst

 

Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte intends to accept an FA charge of misconduct following his dismissal against Swansea on Wednesday.

The Italian was sent to the stands by referee Neil Swarbrick towards the end of the first half of Chelsea's 1-0 victory after protesting the award of a Swansea goal-kick. He later apologised to Swarbrick and fourth official Lee Mason.

He has until 6pm on Tuesday to respond, but he does not plan to contest the charge and will accept the punishment, which is anticipated to be a fine.

Speaking ahead of today's Premier League clash with Newcastle, Conte said: "I think it's right to accept and to pay the fine. I want to respect this decision."

Conte also believes that Swarbrick must learn from it too.

He added: "I want the referee to learn something about his. For me Swansea was wasting time.

"In this case the referee has to try to protect the team that wants to win and play football."

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