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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was sent to the stands by referee Neil Swarbrick during the first half after raging at fourth official Lee Mason over the Swans time wasting when the game was goalless.

Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher says he ‘has no doubt’ that Conte will get a touchline ban after his outburst during Chelsea’s 1-0 win against Swansea City last night.

Conte confirmed in his press conference that he had apologised to both the center referee and the fourth official after the game, which Gallagher believes was the appropriate thing to do. However the former referee does not believe that it will be enough to save him from getting a touchline ban.

“It should be a corner, there is no doubt about that, but that doesn’t make what he did acceptable. I have been a fourth official many, many times and I have seen a referee make a decision like that,” Gallagher told Sky Sports.

“I would like to think that Lee Mason had spoken to Antonio Conte throughout the match and say, ‘look, this is what he is trying to do’. He has got communication and try to feed that back to Neil [Swarbrick] and say ‘They are getting frustrated with this, are you aware this is happening?’ Between them they should be confident.

“It was a corner, but when you saw the way he went at Lee Mason, the way he spoke to him, it was unacceptable.

“He did [apologise]. I think that is to his credit that he went down and apologised. I have utmost respect for him for doing that.

“I think without a doubt he will get one [touchline] ban because of what happened. I don’t really know [how long], it will be dependant on how they see it, what happened and the fact he has apologised that he has done wrong will help him.”

Conte might not be on the touchline on Saturday when Chelsea host Newcastle.



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