Conte Charged With Misconduct By FA

Eden Hazard

Conte Charged With Misconduct By FA

"Antonio Conte has been charged with misconduct following his dismissal against Swansea City in the 43rd minute of the game yesterday (Wednesday)", the FA said in a statement on Thursday.

Conte has been hit with an FA fine of £8,000 for the incident and while he accepts the punishment, he urged referees to get a grip on time-wasting in matches.

The 48-year-old was dismissed from the touchline for the first time in his career by official Neil Swarbrick. "As I said after the game and you know very well what happened", he said.

"I tried to tell again, but then the referee took this decision".

Rafael Benitez is expecting the reception to be "fine" when he returns to Stamford Bridge for the first time since his brief spell as Chelsea interim manager.

"The referee has to learn something as well, as Swansea were wasting time and the referee has to protect the team that wants to play football". I try to avoid to suggest this to the fourth official. I made a mistake.

It came after he furiously protested a Swans goal kick and accused Paul Clement's side of time wasting.

"During the game I suffer". But I repeat: the fault was mine, not the fourth official's.

Benitez was brought in for six months in November 2012 to replace the popular Roberto di Matteo but despite finishing third in the Premier League and winning the Europa League, beating Benfica 2-1 in Amsterdam, the former Liverpool manager was never accepted by all the Chelsea fans.

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