Date: 2nd December 2017 at 7:58am
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After being sent to the stands in the 43rd minute, in the fixture against Swansea City in midweek, Antonio Conte had the good grace to go and visit the referee in the dressing room immediately after the final whistle and apologise.

Despite offering the apology for his actions, the Football Association still deemed it necessary to charge Conte.

But, our Italian boss has even accepted that charge with good grace and will not contest it, accepting that he was out of order and will accept the fine levied, which we understand will be in the region of £8,000.

However, Conte does, in the aftermath of the charge, want the authorities to do something about the time-wasting trait that is prevalent in our game.

Talking to the media, Conte had this to say about his charge and why he wants things to change when it come to preventing time-wasting, with the boss being quoted as having remarked by the Daily Mail

It is right to accept it and pay the fine.

“The referee took this decision, I have to respect it and pay this fine.

“I also want the referee to learn something about this because Swansea was wasting time and the referee has to protect the team that wants to play football and try to win the game.

“I was angry because I said twice to the fourth official ‘look they are wasting time’ but I shouted and showed dissent.

“I accept the decision of the referee. In the future I will try to avoid saying these things to the fourth official and will push my players to say these things to the referee.’


Okay, Conte probably over-stepped the mark but is there anything more annoying to the spectator than blatant time-wasting?

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